Work Begins Monday On $2.4 Million North Highway 99 Resurfacing

May 18, 2019

Work beings Monday to resurface North Highway 99 from Highway 97 in Walnut Hill to the Alabama state line.

Low bidder on the project was Panhandle Grading & Paving at $2.4 million. Other bidders were Roads, Inc. of NWF at $2.6 million and Midsouth Paving at $2.9 million.

The project was planned for 2024-25, but the Escambia County Commission fast tracked the advancement of $1,726,325 available in Local Option Sales Tax to this fiscal year and solicited bids.

The 8.01 mile roadway runs from Highway 97, past Highway 4 in Bratt and continues to the state line. It is a major north-south transportation corridor for the area. In addition to the school buses that serve Bratt Elementary on North Highway 99, buses travel the road twice-daily between Northview High and Ernest Ward Middle schools.

The asphalt is in poor condition due to a high traffic volume, and heavy truck traffic, according to county officials.

The improvements will include repair of road base failures, leveling of existing asphalt, installation of a geogrid over widened joints, paving the entire roadway, and re-striping 12-foot travel lanes.

The project is expected to be completed with 180 days, weather permitting.

Pictured top: North Highway 99 in Bratt near Highway 168. Pictured below: A closer look at asphalt conditions. Pictured below: North Highway 99 at Highway 4 and (bottom) Highway 164. photos, click to enlarge.


9 Responses to “Work Begins Monday On $2.4 Million North Highway 99 Resurfacing”

  1. Wilykyote on May 20th, 2019 7:17 am

    @ Country Citizen. Everybody pays a
    Federal tax on gas & diesel. Then the states usually
    add a tax that the State gets. Then the County/City sometimes (we do)
    add another tax. Much of the State ,County/City tax is for roads in say Florida
    and Escambia County. Fuel is cheaper in Alabama and they don’t send
    Florida any tax dollars for our local roads & bridges. So, when you buy a truck
    in another State and live in the other state and buy FUEL,Insurance and tags and
    Licensing in the other State guess who’s losing if they do lots of heavy truck driving
    in a neighboring State ? You think when our roads need resurfacing Alabama’s
    gonna chip in ? How bout the owners of the big Trucks ? Then there’s the safety
    issue and speed limits and bicycle riders etc. and then I’d mention that cutting
    the grass along the road needs to be done weekly ( Escambia County) instead
    of twice a year or have Sheriff deputies stop traffic so homeowners can do it.

  2. Country Citizen on May 19th, 2019 8:45 pm

    Remember log trucks go north to the MCDAVID mill too.
    The log truck pays plenty of road use tax along with
    The tax on fuel. So they should be able to be on every
    Road just as everyone else.

  3. Wilykyote on May 19th, 2019 6:59 am

    @CW you do realize most of those Trucks are crossing Hwy 29 and
    heading north ? Cantonment and the Mill are south. There’s no traffic
    light @ hwy 29 and hwy 196. Muscogee road ( old pensacola hwy) has
    a traffic light @ hwy 29 right there at the Mill.

  4. Wise Years on May 18th, 2019 10:52 pm

    What’s wrong with this picture? Fix 8 miles in 6 months in Escambia county???

  5. CW on May 18th, 2019 9:58 pm


    You do realize those trucks from Alabama are providing logs to the paper mill in Cantonment right? I guess they could always shut the mill down and put those people out of work.

  6. Florida logger on May 18th, 2019 8:14 pm

    Maybe one day they will redo hwy 4 from century to davisville its very dangerous when it rains because of road being poor engineering To begin with it holds water in the worst spots .you can be goin slow and still have difficulty controlling the vehicle if someone in my family is hurt because of it well let’s just say they will not like paying me off stop wasting money on bridges that rarely get traveled and do something constructive with our tax money maybe hwy 4 construction . I got 6th grade education and figured out they don’t know how to be constructive or profitable

  7. slim jim on May 18th, 2019 5:06 pm

    i heard a comment made that they hope they will resurface hanks road when they gey through with the bridge

  8. Bartender on May 18th, 2019 8:37 am

    So happy to hear this.long time needed for this has beat all our cars down with the bad pot holes an the old bridge has such a dip in it.hope they fix wonderful cant wait for this to get started.

  9. Wilykyote on May 18th, 2019 8:36 am

    Will be great once finished. Hope it’s not like hwy 196 when finished with
    paving and new bridge here comes the log trucks from Alabama. From daylight
    til dark. Alabama tags, fuel,insurance etc. need to reduce speed limit to 45mph
    but guess our Officials don’t know/care.

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