'Business owners love it': Proposed connector road would help SR85 traffic

Connector Road

This schematic overlay shows how a connector road would link Hospital Drive, left, with Redstone Avenue, connecting with businesses along the busy corridor while bypassing State Road 85.

PUBLIC WORKS DEPT. / Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 11:12 AM.

CRESTVIEW — A proposed connector, or service, road mostly using existing infrastructure would alleviate some State Road 85 traffic in the vicinity of Crestview Corners shopping center and North Okaloosa Medical Center, city officials say.

The City Council approved Public Works’ request to pursue the project, which will be funded by the proportional fair share fund, which is specifically for alleviating S.R. 85 congestion.

“As anyone knows, it is a nightmare trying to make a southbound turn out of the Crestview Corners shopping area,” city planner Eric Davis said Monday.

Working with area businesses, Davis and other Public Works officials believe they have found a solution using a route savvy drivers have already partially been using.

Currently, drivers often turn behind Wal-Mart to Brookmeade Extension, onto Hospital Drive and cut through the Advance Auto Parts, Payless Shoes and Taco Bell parking lots to get to Crestview Corners businesses.

A BUSINESS APPROACH

The proposed service road would connect Hospital Drive from behind Advance Auto Parts with the existing Crestview Corners north-south driving lane.



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