Section of SR 79 opens to four lanes of traffic

All four travel lanes of State Road 79 between Pate Pond Road in Vernon and Thomas Drive south of I-10 in Bonifay are now open to traffic. This brings the total to nine and one-half miles of drivable four-lane roadway. The posted speed limit through this section is 65 mph. Nearly fifteen miles of new roadway has been constructed and is open to two-way (one lane in each direction) traffic from Mill Branch Bridge to Pate Pond Road in Washington County. Additional improvements include drainage upgrades, sidewalk construction, and a new traffic signal at Moss Hill Road. Completion is scheduled for early spring 2021.

All planned construction activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. Motorists are reminded to pay attention to the posted speed limit of 45 mph (35 mph in the city of Vernon) when traveling through the construction area and watch for construction equipment entering and exiting the roadway. Speeding fines are doubled when workers are present.