Nine Mile Road Widening To Be Completed By Summer, FDOT Says

February 22, 2021

The Florida Department of Transportation expects the Nine Mile Road widening project to finally be finished this summer.

The $46 million project includes the widening of Nine Mile Road from Beulah Road to Highway 29. When announced in 2016, the project was due to be completed in 2019 but has faced delays — including Hurricanes Michael and Sally plus other tropical systems.

Median construction is underway between Beulah Road and Pine Forest Road to build a concrete curb, along with the resurfacing of the Nine Mile Road at Pine Forest Road intersection.

In late January, Nine Mile Road westbound between Klondike Road (near I-10) and Surrey Drive was shifted to the newly construct westbound roadway. That allowed crews to construct the new inside travel lanes, median, and turn lanes.

About 19,000 vehicles per day travel the portion of Nine Mile Road under construction, according to FDOT.

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Pictured: Nine Mile Road at and near the intersection of Pine Forest Road on Saturday, February 20. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

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21 Responses to “Nine Mile Road Widening To Be Completed By Summer, FDOT Says”

  1. Lou on February 23rd, 2021 4:19 pm

    Apartment complex , navy federal and hundreds of buildings have gone up since work started on nine mile road, 29 and pine forest. Yet the construction nightmare continues on these roads. Is anybody holding these multi million dollar road construction companies accountable? Somebody in Tallahassee or Washington please help!,,

  2. TJ on February 23rd, 2021 10:09 am

    Pine Forest Road from I-10 up to nine mile needs to be widened to two lanes, maybe three lanes too. Sure taking them long enough time. Really sad these contracts draw these contracts out so long

  3. bob on February 23rd, 2021 10:00 am

    “Nine Mile Road Widening To Be Completed By Summer”

    Funny…

  4. Overextended on February 23rd, 2021 8:55 am

    Roads, Inc. likes that FEMA debris money too much to actually complete a road project on time.

  5. Adsup on February 23rd, 2021 8:46 am

    Why do they jump around so in working this road project? They work on one section then jump to another 1/2 mile down the road. I would have thought in starting this project and having to coordinate with local, state & federal depts someone could have thought of placing utilities underground. Would that not have been advantageous to do it at the same time they’re tearing up the roads? Get unsightly poles out of the way & have less likely the loss of power & other utilities. Additionally, why have they not incorporated two lane traffic from I-10 northbound to Nine Mile & Pine Forest since they have two lanes from Pine Forest/Nine Mile southbound to I-10?

  6. EVOL on February 23rd, 2021 7:50 am

    Weather delays only become excusable when the weather causing the delay is untypical to the work’s particular geographical area for the particular time of year the delay causing weather occurs. If the weather is typical, it is a part of a bidder’s responsibility criterion to account for these typical weather caused delay events within thier baseline or contract schedule which usually occurs prior to the final award of the contract, but always is submitted before the issuance of a Notice To Proceed.

  7. HWY 29 on February 22nd, 2021 7:57 pm

    Any chance we can get an update on when the Hwy 29 project will be complete?

    I’m guessing no time soon since I seldom see anyone working the project.

  8. Beulah Boy on February 22nd, 2021 6:05 pm

    They say Hurricane Michael, 2018 in Mexico Beach and Panama City and Sally in 2020 affected it but yet it was to have been completed before Sally…so that excuse is null and void. And how does Michael being 130 miles away have any impact on 9 Mile Rd. You never see anyone working on the part from I-10 to Beulah Rd.
    Roads INC who is also paving the new Publix Parking lot will have it completed before 9 Mile Rd.
    I think Escambia County should take a long look at the delays , 2 1/2 yrs, this project has taken and not let the contractors working on it now work on anything else in the county.
    SMH…

  9. Beulah resident on February 22nd, 2021 4:36 pm

    Biggest boondoggle ever! No one is ever working on it!
    From I-10 to Beulah Road is essentially done. Couple of days worth of hard work with a full crew. But, noooooo… alas… we all must wait even longer.
    Traffic lights always messed up. Sometimes they never go to green and no one is around, so traffic all has to run the red light after sitting there waiting for 5+ minutes.
    Publix started FROM SCRATCH and will be done and generating income long before this mess is ever finished.
    Oh… and as soon as it’s done they will rip it all up again to widen to 6 lanes… (SMH).

  10. T Jones on February 22nd, 2021 3:39 pm

    Glad to hear it will open in summer, hopefully this summer. At the rate they are going I think my grandchildren will be living on mars first. If this contractor had been in charge of the moon landing, they would still be testing their rockets.

  11. Honest John on February 22nd, 2021 12:18 pm

    Sure hope they finish the repaving of Hwy 29 soon . Most of the intersections and turn lanes are a mess!

  12. Retired LEO on February 22nd, 2021 11:32 am

    Navy Fed had been on minimal staffing for almost a year, so that traffic is much less. Plenty of days when nobody was working on the project. The state keeps allowing this kind of conduct without regard for the taxpayer who foots the bill. People are getting tired of government.

  13. mnon on February 22nd, 2021 10:34 am

    That is what they said about North Davis 20 years ago, I bet North Davis STILL has work being done on it somewhere. LOL

  14. ensley boy on February 22nd, 2021 10:08 am

    I have seen many sunny days without a worker in sight.

  15. Fish Styx on February 22nd, 2021 9:30 am

    Scheduled to be completed by 2019 so Roads Inc is 2-1/2 years behind schedule? How does our FDOT representative and our BOC accept this grossly missed deadline ? Does the FDOT and BOC work for the citizens?
    Many un-answered questions once again.

  16. Citizen on February 22nd, 2021 9:13 am

    Sure thing, FDOT.

    We should add the orange traffic drum to the county seal.

  17. John on February 22nd, 2021 8:25 am

    The state should not award this contractor anymore contract. The attention given to this project was almost nonexistent at best less than satisfactory. It is my opinion that the delay and closures of lanes for weeks on end, unnecessarily put the public health and lives in peril too many times in far too long. We were seen no progress or people on a project for weeks on end was good weather throughout. I think our tax dollars would be better spent giving it to a company that is interested in doing the work in a timely manner. I assure you the management of this company has neither merit nor couth in it’s responsibility to the taxpayer. There are reputable contractors out there, but few.

  18. Sandy on February 22nd, 2021 7:24 am

    I will believe it when I see it.

  19. area resident on February 22nd, 2021 6:31 am

    I’m not buying the hurricane delays. Too many clear-sky days I am on 9 mile and see absolutely NO workers. It’s amazing how unions can delay jobs; but, then, those people aren’t seeing orange barrels in their sleep. Get it done!

  20. Gene on February 22nd, 2021 5:04 am

    that 19K must be without navy fed and Covid effected numbers because traffic numbers were 22K before construction per DOT. I am hoping they get it completed before Nave Fed employees return, if they ever return. since they have discovered they can do their jobs remote and keep up productivity, that will save a lot of $$$ on future construction.

  21. WM on February 22nd, 2021 3:11 am

    Summer 2025?
    The priority on the 9 Mile Rd project was placed low on the necessity to complete list. Everytime a “weather event” occurred the companies would offer up their crews and equipment to repair the emergency related damage and delay the project they were currently on.
    To state the delays were weather related is a lie.





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