$55 Million Construction Project Beginning At I-10, Nine Mile Road Interchange

March 2, 2024

Construction will begin this month on a $55 million Florida Department of Transportation improvement project on I-10 at the Nine Mile Road interchange (Exit 5).

Planned improvements include replacing the existing I-10 overpass at Nine Mile Road to increase vertical clearance and to accommodate future improvements. The project will enhance traffic safety and mobility for the 62,000 drivers who travel the interchange daily.

During construction, the speed limit on I-10 will be lowered to 60 mph and 35 mph on Nine Mile Road. Lane closures on I-10 will be permitted Sunday through Thursday nights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., and lane closures on Nine Mile Road will be permitted between 7 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. seven days a week.

Drivers will encounter lane closures and traffic pacing operations on I-10 near Nine Mile Road Sunday, March 3 through Thursday, March 7 between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. as crews perform striping and barrier wall work. Vehicle pacing operations, also known as “rolling roadblocks,” are used to create gaps in traffic so that short-duration construction activities can be completed. In addition, traffic on I-10 will be temporarily shifted to the outside (right) beginning Sunday, March 3 so crews can begin bridge construction work. The shift will be in place until spring 2025.

FDOT will hold a virtual project update (VPU) for the I-10 at Nine Mile Road interchange (Exit 5) project beginning at noon (CST) Thursday, March 7.


19 Responses to “$55 Million Construction Project Beginning At I-10, Nine Mile Road Interchange”

  1. Tracy Morgan on March 15th, 2024 3:56 pm

    I’m for all road improvements, but Pine Forest Road definitely needs it! Already a nightmare and there are so many apartments being built there right now. When they are finished, Pine Forest will be a total nightmare! How are the road improvements prioritized ??!!

  2. Robert Ruscoe on March 5th, 2024 11:36 pm

    That’s great, but as many have said: what about exit 7? What about ONE LANE northbound on Pine Forest Road???? There’s your real concern. Seems exit 5 just got overhauled a few years ago. Take your life in your hands dealing with Pine Forest Road between Wilde Lake Blvd and Nine Mile Road. How many people have to die at the turn onto i10 eastbound??

  3. George on March 4th, 2024 3:15 pm

    NFCU has the money and money talks. The 9mile exit needs work for “FUTURE” development. The Pine Forrest exit has needed it for years and nothing has being done. Just goes to show money talks and nothing walks. Nothing us plain folks can do about it

  4. Wow on March 4th, 2024 12:57 pm

    Just in time for all the summer traffic!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Les Callahan on March 3rd, 2024 6:46 pm

    It’s the 10/pine forest that needs it now. Very little thought going into this. Navy Fed doesn’t even have their employees reporting on a regular schedule. Where are the sidewalks on pine forest? Seems like there are pockets getting full while the existing tax payers are suffering from the lack of infrastructure.

  6. Downstate on March 3rd, 2024 9:16 am

    Central and South Florida are loaded with toll roads. The whole Florida Panhandle has around 1 million residents. Central and South Florida have around 17 million residents, not to mention far more tourism. Those factors have a lot to do with why this area gets far fewer highway dollars.

    And the opposition to an I-10 bridge toll in Mobile and the Eastern Shore tells us how a toll road proposal would fare here.

  7. Momma C on March 3rd, 2024 8:26 am

    Logically, we need this but you should have done this first! We are full! Who is paying off who to get these neighborhoods approved all over the county without critical infrastructure? Anyone called an ambulance lately? Takes forever so you might as well drive yourself to the hospital!

  8. George on March 3rd, 2024 1:20 am

    The Pine Forrest exchange needs it NOW!! THE “future” needs are already here.

  9. Andrew Harvey on March 3rd, 2024 1:13 am

    I sure hope they don’t “improve” the interchange like they did with the avalon interchange.

  10. MR REALITY on March 2nd, 2024 11:30 pm

    9 mile and Navy Fed gets all the NEW stuff while the OLD tired areas who have paid taxes for decade after decade get the same old junk we have had.

  11. Jlb on March 2nd, 2024 4:36 pm

    Even though improvements needed…would have been nice to do this at the last improvements which wS not long ago…another nightmare coming.

  12. just me on March 2nd, 2024 1:35 pm

    Think this one will be fun to watch in your old age. Wait until they start the US29/I-10 reconstruction.

  13. JJ on March 2nd, 2024 1:16 pm

    and pine forest 9 mile road is still jammed up.

  14. John Connor on March 2nd, 2024 12:48 pm

    We get the scraps up here. This is prime example this project is a part of the 160 million redo of this exit. Unlike in Central and South Florida where it’s all done at once. Here they will peacemill it til it’s completed over 30 years. Just like the redo of I 10 and US 29 it was slated to start 2 years ago but they sat on it. Now the cost is 240 million and now they say the money isn’t all here yet. The State of Florida loves to gloat about 12 billion surplus but what good is it if it comes at the cost of being cheap on infrastructure. The Pensacola area has over 2 billion in needed infrastructure upgrades yet we get 55 million to increase the space of two bridges ( great). Meanwhile Central and South Florida get what they want. Pensacola Metro is over 500k population yet how many secondary roads are 6 lane over 1 mile? We have literally just 3 as of right now. US 98 Bridge through Gulf Breeze, US 29 and Davis Hwy. Pine Forest needs to be 6 laned/ 9 mile needs to be laned/ US 90 through pace needed to be laned 20 years ago. Brent lane needs to be 6 laned but growth has stopped that. Mobile HWY needs to be 6 laned.

  15. Henry Coe on March 2nd, 2024 12:48 pm

    I guess it is alright as long as they under plan for growth so that this project can be done again in 10 to 15 years.

  16. Nijnak50 on March 2nd, 2024 10:32 am

    Translation: few, if any, reading this article will still be living at time of completion.

  17. Jefferson S. Davis on March 2nd, 2024 10:15 am

    I am always interested in the roadways being built in the Pensacola metro area. I would like learn more about what the design drawings look like.

  18. lou on March 2nd, 2024 10:12 am

    I;m sure this is needed….what I don’t understand is why these projects aren’t done in the winter months.

  19. Me on March 2nd, 2024 9:56 am

    Coming Fall of 2060!