Road Shoulder Work Begins at National Seashore’s Santa Rosa Area

Mounds of white sand stand at the edge of a paved area. Pavilion roofs can be seen in the distance.
Sand pushed on roadways and parking lots during Hurricane Nate was staged for rebuilding road shoulders.

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News Release Date: January 8, 2018

Contact: Brent Everitt, 850-934-2600

Gulf Breeze, Fla. – Contractors working with the National Park Service will begin moving sand along Highway 399 this Tuesday, January 9, 2018. The work will continue for approximately two to three weeks from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm daily. Lane closures are not expected during the work; however commuters and travelers through the area are asked to use extra caution and be prepared to stop for short periods of time.

The work will consist of distributing sand, deposited on roadways and parking lots during Hurricane Nate, to Highway 399 road shoulders to reduce or remove any excessive drop-offs. Contractors will be making every effort to minimize impacts on visitors. Additionally, contractors will be on the road shoulder moving and smoothing the relocated sand.

The national seashore reopened Highway 399 (J. Earle Bowden Road), the road between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach through the Santa Rosa Area on November 22. The road had been closed for six weeks due to impacts from Hurricane Nate. The hurricane pushed three feet of sand onto park roadways and parking lots and caused significant damage to park roads in Florida.

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Last updated: January 8, 2018

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