Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners will hold a ribbon cutting at 9:30 a.m. on Wed., May 3 to open the Pea Ridge Connector Road. The ribbon cutting will take place on the north end of the connector. Those interested in attending the ribbon cutting should enter from Hamilton Bridge Road. See map below.
The connector is the first new four-lane, divided highway in three decades. Connecting Highway 90 with Hamilton Bridge Road, the roadway acts as a parallel to Woodbine Road, Chumuckla Highway, West Spencer Field Road and State Road 87. The project includes both bike lanes and sidewalks.
"This is just the beginning of a larger idea to connect Highway 90 to Willard Norris Road in the future," said Commissioner Sam Parker, Vice Chairman and District 1. "It's a big step in the right direction to alleviate traffic on some of our nearby roadways and the Pea Ridge Connector will also improve safety by allowing quicker response times by our first responders."
Funding for the $11.2 million project was made possible in part by the Local Option Sales Tax.
Background information on the Pea Ridge Connector
The Pea Ridge Connector, formally known as the Bell Lane extension, is a project within the Florida-Alabama 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The Pea Ridge Connector project was first identified as a need over 20 years ago and has been included in the LRTP updates every five years since as required by federal transportation planning process. The analysis was developed based upon an evaluation of future land use and traffic demand along the project's corridor with a projected volume of 8,000 vehicles per day.
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