19-Year Old Killed When His Vehicle Was Hit By Train In Atmore

February 6, 2023

One person was killed when a train collided with a vehicle at a crossing in Atmore Sunday night.

Koby Wooten, age 19 of Perdido, Alabama, was pronounced deceased on the scene.

The incident happened about 6:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Avenue crossing. According to Atmore Police, Wooten’s SUV was found with severe damage about 120 feet from the point of impact.

The investigation is continuing.

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Highway 29 In Century To Be Down To Two Lanes For Three Months

February 6, 2023

A portion of Highway 29 through Century is down to just two lanes and will be for nearly three more months.

The two northbound travel lanes and the center turn lane are closed between Harries Boulevard and East Cottage Street. One northbound and one southbound lane will remain open using the current southbound travel lanes. The closures and traffic shift will be in place through April, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. Traffic may be further reduced to just one lane during the project, most likely at night.

The closure is part of a major reconstruction and realignment of Highway 29 from just south of East Highway 4 to the Alabama state line.

The project will also upgrade traffic signals, drainage structures, pavement markings, and driveways, while also improving curb ramps and sidewalks to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

FDOT said access to adjacent businesses and other properties will be maintained at all times.

It is estimated that the entire project will be completed in late 2024.

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Contractor Surveying Ahead Of North Escambia Fiber Internet Buildout

February 6, 2023

A contractor is currently surveying across the area ahead of a North Escambia fiber internet buildout.

Last month, the Escambia County Commission selected member-owned Escambia River Electric Cooperative (EREC) with their partner firm Conexon Connect to provide high speed broadband in the area.

EREC contractor ICON Utility Services is currently surveying the utility pole network across the EREC footprint for future fiber optic network installation.

The Connect, powered by Escambia River Electric Cooperative, network will span approximately 600 miles of fiber network in Escambia County reaching over 4,000 electric member locations.

Three basic speed tiers will be available:

  • 100 Mbps/100 Mbps — $49.95/month
  • 1 Gig/1Gig — $79.95/month
  • 2 Gig/2Gig — $99.95/month

Qualifying households can receive a $30 per month discount through the Affordable Connectivity Program.

Pictured:  A contractor surveys a utility pole at the Travis Nelson Park in Bratt on Saturday. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.