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State funding for road safety study for Scenic Highway

City officials want the state to fund a road safety study for Scenic Highway.
Mayor Ashton Hayward wants to re-allocate money that was supposed to be used for an improvement project on 12th avenue.

The one-million dollar project was to add a new turn lane at the intersection of Bayou Boulevard and 12th avenue.
But residents fought back, when the Florida Department of Transportation wanted to tear down Live Oaks to make room for the lane.

Channel Three's Jenise explains why some say improvements are needed along Scenic.

It's pretty normal to see cars speeding along Scenic Highway.
And with increased development at East Pensacola Heights, some say it's time for some safety improvements.

East Pensacola Heights is an up and coming area.
More houses are being built and the neighborhood includes A.K. Suter Elementary School.

The school is expected to open this Fall and the expansion costing more than 20-million dollars.

Rick Sprague who is constructing some houses in the neighborhood says the biggest problem is pedestrian safety.
He thinks there should be wider sidewalks and bike lanes.

"Te whole objective is to give them some place to go and do their thing without getting near the road because it is a high traffic  area and something could happen if we don't take care of them."

The Florida Department of Transportation says re-allocating the money is not so easy to do. Because some of the money will still likely be used for other improvements at 12th and Bayou. The turn lane is off the table for now.

No decision has been made on what the funds will be used for.
But the funds must be used for projects in Escambia County or Santa Rosa County.