U.S. Route 29 in Florida

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 29 in Florida. For the entire route, see U.S. Route 29.

U.S. Highway 29 marker

U.S. Highway 29
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length: 43 mi[1] (69 km)
Existed: 1936 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 90 / US 98 in Pensacola, Florida
  I‑10 near Ensley

US 90 Alt. in Ensley
SR 97 in Molino
SR 4 in Century
North end: US-29 in Flomaton, AL
Location
Counties: Escambia
Highway system
SR 27 SR 29
SR 94 SR 95 SR 97

U.S. Route 29 in the State of Florida is the westernmost south-to-north U.S. route in the state. It runs 43 miles (69 km) from Downtown Pensacola north to the Alabama State Line entirely within Escambia County. Highway 29 runs as a four-lane highway through much of panhandle, becoming six-lanes through and near several towns. The highway's hidden state road designation is entirely SR 95.

Street names include North Palafox Street, Pensacola Boulevard, and Century Boulevard. From Brent to Cantonment, US 29 runs between two different railroad lines. On the west side is a line formerly owned by the Saint Louis and San Francisco Railway (now owned by Alabama and Gulf Coast Railway), and on the east side is a line previously owned by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad (now CSX).[2]

Route description[edit]

US 29 begins at U.S. Route 90 and U.S. Route 98 in downtown Pensacola along North Palafox Street, which starts off as a four-lane undivided concrete boulevard, with occasional provisions for center-left turn lanes. The road enters Goulding at Escambia County Road 480, and straddles the Pensacola-Goulding border until just south of the intersection with Florida State Road 752, which ends west of the next intersection, which is Florida State Road 295. The road passes by the western edge of the Escambia Wood Treating Company Superfund Site and enters Brent. The division of the highway begins at Massachusetts Avenue which is part of the eastern terminus of State Road 292, and remains that way throughout much of the county. After the intersection with State Road 296, the name of US 29 changes to Pensacola Boulevard, and North Palafox Street moves onto it's former routing along Escambia County Road 95A, which it will maintain until it reaches Ten Mile Road (see below). North of CT 95A, US 29 serves as the western terminus of State Road 750, which leads to the Pensacola Regional Airport, and later becomes the northern terminus of Escambia CR 453, a four-lane boulevard that serves as a shortcut to western Pensacola. After the western terminus of State Road 742, US 29 encounters the interchange with Interstate 10 in Florida, which includes loop ramps flyovers and an unusually wide median, all of which is on the border between Brent and Ensley. A far more conventional diamond interchange with U.S. Route 90 Alternate can be found up ahead, but not before encountering three signalized intersections... four if you count the emergency signal for a county firehouse. Commercial surroundings begin to thin out north of US ALT 90, but don't disappear entirely. After the intersection with Ten Mile Road, the route enters Gonzalez. Approximately one mile north of there, County Road 95A (now simply named "Highway 95A") runs parallel to the northbound lane connected only by turn lanes, mainly from the northbound lane itself. This trajectory ends across from CR 297, and after this, CR 95A moves away from US 29. CR 95A briefly returns to the side of the northbound lane near a local diner, only for US 29 to curve away from it to the northwest between Tate School Road and Escambia CR 749.

Before entering Cantonment, CR 95A merges with US 29 just south of the grounds of a large International Paper factory across the street from that intersection, where the road becomes a four-lane undivided highway. The railroad line that serves that plant, connecting the former Frisco line to the old L&N line encounters the road in a grade crossing[3] just south of the intersection with Muscogee Road (Pensacola CR 184) and Beck's Lake Road, where CR 184 secretly joins the route. Shortly after this intersection, CR 95A separates from US 29 once again just after the divider is revived. After the intersection with Neal Road, US 29 gains the supplemental name "Don Sutton Highway" and then runs under a power line right-of-way. From there, the route continues northwest as it passes by the Central Commerce Park just before entering Molino curving back towards the north. Escambia CR 184 branches off to the east onto West Quintette Road, then US crosses over the Jack's Branch River, and later flies through the intersection with Escambia CR 196. North of there the road descends slightly over a culvert over a tributary of Cowdevil Creek, but then elevates through a wooded area which ends at some farmland at the top of this ascension. The road passes by an Escambia County Sheriff's station on the northeast corner of Omega Avenue, and later dips again as it approaches the culvert over the Dry Creek just south of a blinker-light intersection with Escambia CR 182. Just north of here, the road inherits the name "Century Boulevard," and runs parallel to the same power line right-of-way it crossed under at Neal Road in Cantonment. It passes a power substation across the street from local businesses, but more forestland can be found on the east side while more farmland can be found on the west side, with the brief exception of church across from the intersection with Bet Raines Road. From there, the forest on the east side evolves into farmland until it approaches Florida State Road 97 which spans southeast to CR 95A and northwest to Atmore, Alabama. The power lines move to the northeast and less than 1/2 mile from there, US 29 encounters the northern terminus of CR 95A right after a second crossing of the Jack's Branch River.


From here the road begins to curve more toward the northeast. Just north of the Morgan Cemetery, US 29 enters Barth, which contains a side road toward the Lakeside at Barth campground.[4][5] After a pair of bridges over the Morgan Branch, the road passes a local cemetery before intersecting with Mason Road and Cotton Lake Road, the former of which serves as the entrance to a Christian summer camp called "Camp O' the Pines"[6] Crossing a pair of bridges over Mitchell Creek, it passes a side road to the West Fraser "McDavid Sawmill," and later runs under the same power lines it encountered north of Neal Road in Cantonment. Northeast of those power lines, the road enters Bogia, where it intersects two local streets named for the community and a pair of bridges over Cotton Creek. 1/10 of a mile north of a dirt road named Driver Road, which only intersects the southbound lanes, US 29 officially enters McDavid, where it intersects the western terminus of Main Street, where a church and the McDavid Post Office can be found and shortly afterwards the eastern terminus of Escambia CR 164. After passing by a volunteer firehouse on the east side and a gas station on the west side, the road runs over a pair of bridges over Mitchell Creek then climbs another hill, where the road runs through more forestland with sparse houses and farms.

Northbound US 29 as seen from the median of Brown Road south of Bluff Springs


After the intersection with Brown Road, US 29 begins to run down a hill and later curves to the right where it crosses over a pair of bridges over Canoe Creek, then enters Bluff Springs, which appears to be more residential than communities further to the south, but is not lacking in woodlands or farmlands either. Century Boulevard makes a sharper right curve after the intersection with North Canoe Road, and remains as such despite briefly curving between Thompson Road and Bluff Springs Road. After this it crosses a pair of bridges over the Pritchell Mill Branch. At the intersection of Dawson Road some reduce speed warning sings can be spotted for the northbound lanes, showing a sign of the end of rural high-speed travel. This is because the divider that has run along the middle of the road since Brent is replaced by a continuous left-turn lane at the intersection of Tedder Road near a branch of the Century Fire Department just before the road crosses a bridge over Wiggins Branch, where it enters Century.

US 29 just before crossing the Florida-Alabama State Line.

Despite entering the town limits, the surroundings remain rural and residential. At the intersection of County Road 4, the route secretly gains a hidden concurrency with State Road 4. The road dips down over a bridge over Mill Creek before the eastern terminus of County Road 4A, with a southeast continuation onto Front Street, and then approaches the intersection of West and East Hecker Road. Signs approaching East Hecker Road point to the Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company Residential Historic District. SR 4 breaks away from US 29 to head east towards Jay, Baker, and Milligan, while route 29 begins to curve into a more northwesterly direction. The road curves further to the northwest at the intersection with East McCurdy Street and further to the northwest just before the intersection with Jackson Street. The last intersections with US 29 in Florida are Renfro Street to the east and Glenn Street to the west (both dead end streets) before the road finally intersects the Florida-Alabama State Line at State Line Road, then climbs a bridge over a large railroad yard to enter downtown Flomaton, Alabama.



History[edit]

A US 29 shield used in Florida prior to 1993

US 29 originally ran in a concurrency with the former alignment of US 331 between 1926 and 1936.[7]

Beginning in 1956, signs for U.S. Highways in Florida had different colors for each highway. The shield for US 29 was red with white lettering and outline, until the state was forced by the federal government to conform to standards that required consistent black-and-white signs in 1993.



Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Escambia County.

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Pensacola 0.000 0.000 US 90 / US 98 (Cervantes Street / SR 10A)
1.774 2.855 SR 752 (Texar Drive)
1.958 3.151 SR 295 (West Fairfield Drive) to I‑110 I-110 exit 4
Brent 2.976 4.789 SR 292 south (Pace Boulevard)
3.543 5.702 SR 296 (Beverly Parkway / Brent Lane) – Airport
3.681 5.924 CR 95A north northbound access only
4.172 6.714 SR 750 east (Airport Boulevard)
5.208 8.381 CR 453 south (W Street)
5.935 9.551 SR 742 east (West Burgess Road)
Brent
Ensley
6.5 10.5 I‑10 (SR 8) – Pensacola Beach, Tallahassee, Mobile I-10 exit 10
Ensley 8.63 13.89
US 90 Alt. (SR 10) – Mobile, Tallahassee, truck route to NAS Pensacola
interchange
Gonzalez 10.629 17.106 CR 95A
10.753 17.305 CR 297 south (West Roberts Road)
11.307 18.197 CR 186 (East Kingsfield Road)
12.007 19.323 Old Chemstrand Road (CR 749 east)
14.146 22.766 CR 95A south South end of CR 95A overlap
Cantonment 14.713 23.678 CR 184 west (Muscogee Road / Beck's Lake Road) South end of CR 184 overlap
15.029 24.187 CR 95A north North end of CR 95A overlap
  CR 184 east (West Quintette Road) North end of CR 184 overlap
  20.051 32.269 CR 196
Molino 22.571 36.325 CR 182 (Molino Road) – Barrineau Park, Molino
23.561 37.918 SR 97 – Atmore, Molino
  24.128 38.830 CR 95A south
McDavid 33.317 53.619 CR 164 west
Century 41.478 66.752 CR 4 west – Lake Stone Campground South end of CR 4 overlap
41.656 67.039 CR 4A west
42.442 68.304 SR 4 east – Jay North end of SR 4 overlap
43.636 70.225 US-29 north (SR-113)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FDOT straight line diagrams, accessed February 2014
  2. ^ Florida Center for Instructional Technology. "Escambia 1, 1936". usf.edu. 
  3. ^ Cantonment, Florida 1978 Topographical Map (NETR: Historic Aerials Online)
  4. ^ "Lakeside At Barth, Florida". hikercentral.com. 
  5. ^ "Lakeside at Barth". Thats Not, LLC. 
  6. ^ "Camp o' the Pines". campopines.com. 
  7. ^ Sanderson, Dale (August 19, 2009). "End of US Highway 331[I]". US Ends.com. Retrieved January 20, 2013. 


External links[edit]


U.S. Route 29
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