Navarre Beach to get new traffic light that syncs up with other...

Navarre Beach to get new traffic light that syncs up with other lights


Navarre Beach is getting a new traffic signal soon that aims to alleviate traffic coming on and off the beach.

The signal will be one of the first that implements real-time traffic monitoring, which officials hope to eventually roll out at all traffic signals in Santa Rosa County.

The signal will be at the intersection of the Navarre Beach Causeway and Gulf Boulevard, which is currently a four-way stop. Traffic gets backed up on both the bridge and Gulf Boulevard during peak beach season, leaving some motorists stranded for an hour or more just to go a couple of miles.

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“Traffic over the bridge has jumped tremendously over the past five or so years,” District 4 County Commissioner Dave Piech told the News Journal on Wednesday. “This will be designed with a future traffic control system in mind that TPO (Transportation Planning Organization) is pushing hard to get for both Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, allowing us to be able to move traffic to save deputies from having to stop and get out of their cars and direct traffic.”

Cars heading to and leaving the beach are causing major traffic delays, leading officials to approve a new traffic signal at Gulf Boulevard and Navarre Beach Causeway.

The synced-up lights will be a godsend for emergency services, said Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Chief Danny Fureigh.

“Right now, most of the time on the weekends, traffic is blocked up way past our station and it’s difficult for us to cross the bridge for mutual aid calls,” he said. “This should definitely help with our responses and access off and on the island.”

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