Highway 95A Resurfacing Begins; New Traffic Pattern Recommended For Jim Allen Elementary Area

September 20, 2022

Work started Monday to resurface Highway 95A from Molino to Cantonment, and a new suggested traffic pattern will be introduced this week in an attempt to alleviate problems near Jim Allen Elementary School.

Highway 95A Resurfacing

Highway 95A is being milled and resurfaced by contractor Roads, Inc. from Highway 29 in Molino to the intersection with Highway 29 and Morris Avenue in Cantonment. The 9.16 mile, $2.1 million project will also include the shoulders and turn lanes.

“I’m so excited for the beginning of the much needed resurfacing of over 9 miles of Highway 95A from Molino all the way south to the heart of Cantonment,” Escambia County District 5 Commissioner Steven Barry said Monday.

Lane closures are planned from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.

According to Escambia County, paving near Jim Allen Elementary on the southern end of the project is planned for Saturday, October 2 in order to not interfere with school traffic.

Weather permitting, the resurfacing should be completed by October 7. About two weeks later, final thermoplastic striping will be installed over the temporary paint striping.

Improving Jim Allen Elementary Traffic

Officials are hoping that a new suggested traffic pattern will alleviate big traffic problems near drop-off and dismissal times at Jim Allen Elementary School on Highway 95A.

As NorthEscambia.com reported in late August, vehicles line the side of the roadway waiting to turn into the school during car rider times, and vehicles travel on the shoulder to get around a backed up turn lane.

“We will have signage installed attempting to direct through, non-local, traffic away from the area in front of Jim Allen Elementary during the student drop-off times in the morning and student pick-up times in the afternoon. We are hoping all non-local traffic will utilize Neal Road and Highway 29 to make their way between Molino and Cantonment during these high congestion times in front of the school for the increased safety of all involved,” Barry said.

The signs asking drivers to use Neal Road, and avoid Jim Allen Elementary during peak times, are expected to be installed by the end of this week.

Pictured top: In late August, an Escambia School bus became stuck when attempting to pass traffic on the shoulder of Highway 95A near Jim Allen Elementary School. Pictured below: A dump truck passes traffic near the school. Reader submitted photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.


11 Responses to “Highway 95A Resurfacing Begins; New Traffic Pattern Recommended For Jim Allen Elementary Area”

  1. JD on September 21st, 2022 10:06 pm

    So, the problem in 95A is not being fixed at all. A lot of the traffic is “local” traffic too. Now let’s say people do begin to use Neil Road. You’re now pushing all that traffic onto that street and to a stop sign at Hwy 29. I guarantee you’ll start seeing more crashes there.

  2. Gwen on September 21st, 2022 9:10 pm

    We are so excited to make it prettier for you, but have no interest in solving the problem. Sounds great!! Round of applause for the geniuses in charge.

  3. Mimi on September 21st, 2022 3:54 pm

    I Have said Barry will not see this through. Im sorry but tickets for blocking the right of way needs to be given out and Barry needs to be standing there watching. Somebody is going to get killed there if this is not fixed. upkeep of that current road is not going to fix the problem.

  4. Diana Cartwright Murphy on September 21st, 2022 4:43 am

    This is not dealing with the problem at all. This should be a widening and lengthening project. They are not dealing with the problem at Jim Allen at all. They are just resurfacing the road. This is an insult to the area, our councilman should be embarrassed by this.

  5. The Dark Knight on September 20th, 2022 8:50 pm

    Well hopefully this plan will make everyone’s coffee taste better every morning. More pavement. The data clerk at Jim Allen loves to tell the story of when Jim Allen first got a paved drive and how the pavement wore down the wagon wheels, long before traffic problems. She was always first to school to light the wood burning stoves on those cold Cantonment mornings. God bless her. Anyways, remember to be patient. Don’t pass people in the car line, and remember all the teachers and staff are doing the best they can, jumping the same hoops and hurdles as the rest of us, just trying to keep the kids safe, especially that coach. Clint “Go ahead and make my day” Eastwood. A school traffic icon. God bless. Be safe going home. Go Jaguars.

  6. jd on September 20th, 2022 8:21 pm

    kudos to ‘local’ looks like the perverbial ‘lipstick on a pig’

  7. Bill T on September 20th, 2022 7:13 pm

    Just to let everyone know we the people of this county have paid for the job to be done many many times over!!! The county needs to also widen the narrow road now !!! People are moving here in droves!!! Of course the county decides how bad the roads are before anything is done in this case the road should have been paved 2 times since the last time it was paved

  8. local on September 20th, 2022 2:19 pm

    On the surface this sounds good…like progress is being made. Read between the lines, folks! “Signage” to redirect traffic during school let in/out times is a start. HOWEVER……it sounds like a bandaid approach to a serious potential traffic nightmare that won’t be resolved by a mere sign! Notice Mr. Barry did not say the road would be widened or an additional lane added ANYWHERE! The dilemma comes when the subdivisions are complete and the traffic has multiplied exponentially! Then what?

  9. Dorothy on September 20th, 2022 12:29 pm

    Now if we could just teach the

  10. Ashley B on September 20th, 2022 10:35 am

    Yes!!! Been waiting on this for YEARS. We could have made a bus get stuck forever ago if that’s what it took to finally make a change. Lol Jk. Speaking for every car rider parent at Jim Allen, THANK YOU! Now, just do it right.

  11. Brittany R on September 20th, 2022 9:04 am

    This rerouting attempt has finally come! I drop and pick up my kids at Jim Allen and I will say that the afternoon line can get scary. Majority of traffic not picking up has used the grassy shoulder, now turned dirt and mud but big trucks have started passing on the oncoming lane at high speeds which is just asking for a head on collision in front of the school, potentially with children in the car. Fear of being rear ended by oncoming traffic and drivers stuck in the line getting angry at the parents when it’s not our fault. Shortage of bussing, open enrollment and odd school hours has made the pickup line even longer.
    I’m happy to see an attempt to resolve this issue that’s been going on for so long now.

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