Traffic Alert for the new Beulah Middle School
The Escambia County School District submitted plans to FDOT to include a traffic light with appropriate turn lands for the new Beulah Middle School main entrance, prior to starting construction on the new school.
Unfortunately, this proposal by the school
district has been recently turned down by FDOT.
If you view the Allegheny Ave/School Entrance diagram that is attached, FDOT will require all cars to turn right EASTBOUND on Nine Mile Rd. NO cars will be allowed to exit left WESTBOUND on Nine Mile Rd from the main school entrance.
This will require someone living north, west or south of the new middle school to exit the school, drive EASTBOUND on Nine Mile Rd to the Beulah Rd/9 Mile Rd Intersection and then loop back by either heading North to Frank Reeder Rd or South to Mobile Hwy.
It also appears by the diagram Keystone neighborhood located on Allegheny Ave will only be able exit by turning WESTBOUND on Nine Mile Rd.
In my opinion, this FDOT proposal will cause major traffic jams and major inconvenience to not only the citizens of Beulah, but also to many citizens throughout Escambia County.
It is SIMPLE, this is a very large public school with a capacity of 1,300 students that requires a normal intersection with a normal traffic light, with normal turn lanes, which allows traffic to move east or west.
Another big problem is that the current 4 lane construction stops just short of the new middle school and is not included in the current 4 lane road project. This will ensure the 4 lanes will not be completed before the school opens.
I ask the citizens to attend the upcoming meeting FDOT public hearing on the above-referenced project, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. CST Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Smyrna Baptist Church, 7000 Pensacola Boulevard, Pensacola. The hearing will begin with an informal open house at 5:30 p.m., followed by a formal presentation and public comment period at 6 p.m.