Escambia County Resurfaces 3 Miles Of North Pine Barren Road At No Extra Cost To Taxpayers

August 12, 2019

Escambia County has resurfaced about three miles of North Pine Barren Road at no extra cost to taxpayers.

The roadway was resurfaced from West Highway 4 to Christian Home Drive — a stretch of road that was riddled with potholes and crumbling asphalt. It’s a frequent route for McDavid and Molino students on their way to Northview High School.

But how did it not cost taxpayers?

Escambia County’s Cooper Saunders, project manager, explained.

After the county bid the recent resurfacing of North Highway 99, the Florida Department of Transportation replaced a bridge and paved the approaches. That left the county with an excess paid for quantity of asphalt and time that transferred to the North Pine Barren Road project.

“The funds were allocated for a project that was in District 5, so we looked at Pine Barren Road because it was a priority,” Saunders said. “And the contactor agreed to the idea.”

“Only through the hard work of Escambia County staff and the cooperation of our contractor, are we able to utilize remaining funds from the Highway 99 improvements and pave nearly three miles of Pine Barren Road,”  Escambia County District 5 Commissioner Steven Barry said. “Specifically, I would like to thank Cooper Saunders, project manager, and our partners from Panhandle Paving & Grading for directly bettering the quality of life for more of our citizens in the community.”

Pictured: Looking north (above) and south (below) on Pine Barren Road from Bratt Road. photos, click to enlarge.


7 Responses to “Escambia County Resurfaces 3 Miles Of North Pine Barren Road At No Extra Cost To Taxpayers”

  1. Margielu on August 13th, 2019 10:33 am

    Smart thinking! Our roads will always need attention, so if north county has more projects lined up, we should all enjoy safer and smoother roads as we go. Thanks go to all involved!

  2. Me on August 13th, 2019 6:33 am

    Now if only Hwy. 164 could be fixed.

  3. BILL on August 12th, 2019 11:52 am

    before they finish the bridge on HANKS RD and while the traffic is very little
    they will do something to hanks rd. because it to is used for bratt ernest ward
    and northview schools BUT THANK YOU FOR THE PINE BARRON RD NOW

  4. Dale Flowers on August 12th, 2019 10:33 am

    Congratulations and thank you to Cooper Saunders in the County Engineering Department. I worked with him years ago and know him to be a real asset to the county.

  5. Nancy Peters on August 12th, 2019 9:04 am

    Thank you! Now, please consider county road 4!! It is also a heavily traveled road for school buses. It is a hazard, especially when it rains. Long overdue!!

  6. Ruth on August 12th, 2019 9:03 am

    Great job! Thanks for using the money wisely!!! :)

  7. Daily route on August 12th, 2019 8:28 am

    Thank you for the resurface on the 3 miles of Pine Barren rd . Hopefully there is consideration & a budget for the finishing of the entire stretch of Pine Barren rd. This road is very heavily traveled and in need of complete resurfacing from the start of this road to the end of the road that meets Hwy 29. Again thank you let’s complete the resurface for all who pay a higher tax rate in Escambia county !

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