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Some residents concerned about turning Bayfront Parkway into a Baywalk

Updated: Thursday, July 17 2014, 12:04 PM CDT
A plan to turn Bayfront Parkway into a Baywalk has some people concerned.
The Baywalk proposal would give people more room to walk and ride bikes along Pensacola Bay.
  
But it could mean reducing the number of lanes for traffic.
The overall idea is to turn this into a Baywalk where people can walk along and enjoy Pensacola Bay.
  
But that would mean narrowing a portion of Bayfront Parkway from four lanes to two.

Here's the plan so far:
The Pensacola Baywalk project would  be a pathway along downtown Pensacola's 3-mile waterfront.
   
The Baywalk will connect the waterfront to the core of downtown, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy Pensacola Bay.
   
But part of that means narrowing the road from four lanes to two.
Buddy McCormick works at the port and drives back and forth using Bayfront Parkway.
   
He's concerned with this idea.
McCormick is also worried about what this means for trucks leaving the port.
   
Those trucks only have one way to go.
"So you're gonna reduce it to two lanes and keep the port trucks in it? I mean, c'mon. It's just not right," he said.

The city hopes this design will give downtown Pensacola a more urban-feel and give people access to enjoy Pensacola Bay.
   
People we spoke with like the idea of a Baywalk, but do have concerns with how traffic will hold up.

"It's bad enough that near the park it's down to 2, one on each side. I don't think it would be a good idea," said Kim Grab.

"People can walk in that park. People can walk on the sidewalk. There's plenty of areas to walk, I believe," said Rose Coon.

Some residents concerned about turning Bayfront Parkway into a Baywalk


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