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Pensacola Beach CMP

Developing a Congestion Management Plan

Over the years, Escambia County and the Santa Rosa Island Authority have worked to address Pensacola Beach traffic congestion. However, the area’s growth has increased the need to manage congestion, leading to the development of the Pensacola Beach Congestion Management Plan by the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners. Its primary goal is to encourage full public involvement in the development of a long-term congestion management strategy for Pensacola Beach and its immediate vicinity.

Public Workshop Meeting Materials

Board 1- Overall Plan View

The next public meeting on the Pensacola Beach Congestion Management Plan is Tuesday, May 1 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Ernie Lee Magaha Government Building, 221 Palafox Place. The workshop will provide an opportunity for attendees to freely view project display boards and speak directly to county staff and the project consultants. There will also be a formal question and answer session during the last portion of the meeting.

Below is the upcoming schedule for public workshops board meetings regarding the current Pensacola Beach Congestion Management Plan status:

Public Workshop - Tuesday, May 1 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Ernie Lee Magaha Government Building, 221 Palafox Place.

Pensacola Santa Rosa Island Authority Board Meeting - Wednesday, May 9 at 5 p.m., 1 Via De Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach

Board of County Commissioners Board Meeting - Thursday, May 17 at 5:30 p.m., Ernie Lee Magaha Government Building, 221 Palafox Place, Pensacola

For more information about the Pensacola Beach Congestion Management Plan, contact project consultants Escambia County Public Works Division Manager David Forte at 850-595-3595 or Bonita Player, P.E. and Randy Fuller with Engineering & Planning Resources at 850-602-9232 or at PcolaBeachTrafficPlan@epr-florida.com. 

Meeting Materials


Public Input and Consensus  

This project’s direction will depend wholly upon the public’s input, which will be obtained during consensus-building activities. To facilitate public involvement, county consultants will conduct face-to-face and doorstep meetings in which citizens can present their ideas for future improvements to Pensacola Beach.

To promote full collaboration, the county will host three public workshops for individuals, community leaders and government representatives to engage in thoughtful discourse leading to mutually agreed-upon decisions. At the kick-off meeting on April 28 at the Pensacola Beach Community Church, Escambia County representatives reviewed the schedule of short-term traffic improvements that provide immediate relief in selected areas. Attendees offered ideas for long-term improvements that reflect the current needs and desires of the community.

Short-term Improvements

To provide immediate relief in selected areas, the following proposed short-term improvements are anticipated to be implemented over the next couple of years:

  • Turn lane
  • Extend right turn lane to Ft. Pickens
  • Casino Beach exit lane to Ft. Pickens
  • Bike and pedestrian lane on Bob Sikes Bridge
  • Pensacola Beach Bike Path
  • Entrance/exit modifications to Casino Beach parking area
  • Dual right-turn lanes into Casino Beach parking area
  • Coordinated pedestrian signal at Flounder’s crosswalk
  • Extension of existing southbound right-turn lane onto Fort Pickens Road
  • Entrance/exit modifications to Circle K parking area
  • Via De Luna/Fort Pickens Road signal timing analysis and recommendations
  • Transit/trolley route analysis and recommendations
  • Evaluation of park-and-ride transit/trolley service
  • Additional parking area analysis for both surface and parking garage options, focusing on the existing SRIA site
  • Additional pedestrian crosswalk location analysis

Long-term Improvements

Over the past few years, Escambia County and Pensacola Beach citizens have identified a few goals the community has received well. Now the county would like your help to turn these goals into priority projects for the Pensacola Beach Congestion Management Plan. The long-term goals up for review include but are not limited to the following:

  • Relieving traffic congestion
  • Identifying options for pedestrian and vehicular traffic management
  • Optimizing parking in the core area
  • Exploring the need for additional trolley route locations and increased service frequency
  • Researching a park-and-ride trolley
  • Determining potential funding sources

How Long-term Projects Were Identified

First, the project team gathered ideas, thoughts, comments and sketches from the public at the kick-off meeting. From these comments and ideas, a list of possible projects was made. The county presented that list at a second public meeting so that citizens could decide on project priorities. Each proposed project’s cost will now be determined. From that, the consultant will develop the Pensacola Beach Congestion Management Plan and Capital Improvement Program, which will be taken to the county and SRIA for review and final approval.

For more information on the project, contact the Communication Outreach Coordination Consultant Office by calling 850-602-9232 or e-mailing PcolaBeachTrafficPlan@epr-florida.com.

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