FDOT Plans Highway 29, Molino Road Traffic Signal; Eight Miles Of Resurfacing

January 10, 2018

The Florida Department of Transportation plans to install a new traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 29 and Molino Road, resurface eight miles of Highway 29 and improve several other intersections from Molino to Cantonment.

When the traffic signal is installed at Highway 29 and Molino Road, turns lanes will be improved and the median crossover at the Dollar General Store will be closed. Additional improvements will include the milling and resurfacing of Highway from just south of Muscogee Road in Cantonment to Highway 97 in Molino.

There will also be additional safety and operational improvements made on Highway 29 at Barrineau Park Road, West Quintette Road and at the Molino Forestry Station. The improvements will include turn lanes, median openings and driveway modifications.

FDOT must acquire additional right of way for turn lane improvements at the Muscogee/Becks Lake Road intersection. The project is funded for construction in fiscal year 2019.

The estimated construction cost of the entire project is nearly $11.4 million.

The Florida Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on the improvements from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 25 at the Molino Community Complex on Highway 95A just south of Molino Road. There will be a formal presentation at 6 p.m. Maps, drawings and other information will be on display. FDOT representatives will be available to discuss proposed improvements, answer questions, and receive comments.

Pictured: The intersection of Highway 29 and Molino Road Tuesday afternoon. NorthEscambia.com photo by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.


18 Responses to “FDOT Plans Highway 29, Molino Road Traffic Signal; Eight Miles Of Resurfacing”

  1. Pat on January 11th, 2018 9:30 pm

    I do not feel that we need a traffic light at Hwy 29 and Molino Rd. If people would quite being in such a rush, talking on cell phone, driving DUI/drugs there would not be a problem at that crossing. It’s not the people traveling North and South on Hwy 29 that creates the problem It those individual crossing Hwy 29. Oh, by the way we still have wrecks at Hwy 97 and Hwy 29. Leave the turning lane to the Dollar Store where its at. Next thing we will hear about would be the closing of the Dollar General Store we already don’t have a decent grocery store. Put the money where it would benefit the community.

  2. Flmom on January 11th, 2018 4:30 pm

    As much as I dislike another light in our town, I do agree it’s needed. Traffic has become quite busy and there are too many racing up & down 29.
    A reduction in speed limits would help as well.
    Negative about closing the DG turn… Vendors will start using side roads which is no better.

  3. M in Bratt on January 11th, 2018 7:52 am

    Oh boy, now we can start the traffic jam in Molino instead of waiting until we get to Cantonment. You would think that with all the; land use, zoning, planning, permitting, and other regulatory agencies, somebody would anticipate some of these problems BEFORE building permits are issued.

  4. Sarah on January 11th, 2018 4:33 am

    Go to the meeting, say your concerns. Speak up that you do not want this and why. I personally think removing the intersection in front of the DG ridiculous. Someone lost their common sense when deciding that.
    How do they think the delivery trucks are going to access the DG from South bound 29? …a U turn at the intersection of Bet Raines or at Hwy 97. Oh yes that is a great choice…as neither option has enough room for that.

    Now for the light…yes there have been many wrecks at this intersection but a light is not going to change that when drivers are not paying attention and do not understand how to properly use an intersection. Read you handbook! There is a correct way to use a median, I have almost gotten into several accidents, cussed, and flipped the bird for using instections correctly.

  5. Dw on January 11th, 2018 1:25 am

    Traffic light ..cool…
    Closing median cutthrough…bad idea
    So instead of wrecks at the light ….they will be further north now for the people making u turns to get to the dollar store..
    Guess the coke 18 wheelers need to go to century to turn around …or better yet…no more cokes delivered….

  6. Tabby on January 10th, 2018 8:30 pm

    Your exactly right. Especially if all the Yankees and yuppies that has moved to this area get their way. Which they have been getting. Only because they are the only ones involved. Lifetime locals never really got involved in much, we just delt with whatever, whenever. But yes, once the new highway comes in, it’s over. In 20 years, the intersection above will look like 9 Mile Rd, no doubt. What’s sad is these idiots moved here to get away from it yet want to bring it at the same time.

  7. Concerned Citizen on January 10th, 2018 8:18 pm

    Great, just what we don’t need, another traffic light. That will make my drive to work that much more enjoyable. Stopping where I shouldn’t be stopping. How about instead of spending our tax dollars on a useless traffic light, they just improve the rough highway that we have to drive on. Just right the tickets for the ones that are supposedly causing all these wrecks in Molino. Simple economics, tickets equal revenue, traffic light equals tax dollars wasted, and tourist not wanting to travel down hwy 29. That mean more loss of revenue, people want a expressway to their destination.

  8. Becky on January 10th, 2018 4:08 pm

    A traffic light is not necessary at that corner. There are too many traffic lights.

  9. That guy on January 10th, 2018 1:40 pm

    That turn lane at West Quintette Road would be wonderful!
    I dont turn down there but I hate being in traffic and having everyone in that lane come to a stop just about for someone to turn there.

    I do turn at the flashing light all the time without issues. I guess a normal light would be ok as long as people stop when they should. I know I wont trust ANYONE going through that area.

  10. Joann on January 10th, 2018 10:34 am

    Maybe they can move the flashing caution light to Barrineau Park Road, crossing 29 after dark there is like playing Russian Roulette.

  11. Trisha on January 10th, 2018 10:13 am

    Some people are never happy! There are so many accidents at that intersection so it is about time. You say it is because people don’t pay attention, well you are talking about your neighbors. It is difficult to see the traffic headed in the south bound lanes because of the slight incline in the road. Add night time and it is even worse. So while it might seem like an inconvenience it may also save your life.

  12. first responder on January 10th, 2018 9:45 am

    Well said Trocarman as a first responder for years responding to recks at Molino cross road has not gown well it’s way passed time for this change.

  13. fred on January 10th, 2018 9:37 am

    @Tracarman – I was going to criticize this project, believing that it is unnecessary. I would be interested to read why it is needed. Every time I pass by this area, it is pretty well open, with no one waiting to cross, and barely any traffic, other than south and north bound traffic on 29.

  14. p on January 10th, 2018 8:37 am

    What do you know? The solution to every problem caused by inattentive drivers around here is another light. Pretty soon we will have one at every crossroad and driveway along this so-called evacuation route.

  15. Mary on January 10th, 2018 8:05 am

    why didn’t they do this when the Bridge on Molino Rd. near Sunshine hill Rd? It took them a whole yr to fix that …

  16. Phil on January 10th, 2018 6:52 am

    It will look like another Davis Hwy up here soon.

  17. john on January 10th, 2018 6:28 am

    We put in more lights but fail to maintain the ones already in place. Either we have a little rain storm and they quit working completely, or they’re so badly sequenced they actually cause traffic problems, especially in areas of high traffic areas and lights that are in close proximity.

  18. Trocarman on January 10th, 2018 5:30 am

    Excellent. These improvements are very much needed.

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