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District Three

Frequently Asked Questions

District Secretary Phillip Gainer, P.E.
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Have a question about FDOT District 3 ? Be sure to check out the following answers to some of the most frequently asked questions handled by our customer service representatives recently.

  1. What counties do District Three cover ?
  2. How can I get real time traffic information?
  3. What kinds of impacts can I expect during construction?
  4. Will I be compensated for loss of business during construction?
  5. What does it mean "where workers are present"?
  6. Why does construction take place during the day in some places and at night in other locations?
  7. Why do I see so many barrels and cones in construction projects with no visible work in progress?
  8. Who do I contact if my property is damaged by construction?
  9. Where can I get information about trucking regulations?
  10. How can I obtain the official highway mileage between Florida cities?
  11. How can I get a road named after a person?
  12. What is the Florida Scenic Highways Program?
  13. Does FDOT have a roadside memorial program? What is the memorial marker program?
  14. How can I participate in a roadside litter removal program?
  15. How can I add landscaping to the roadway?

1.       What counties do District Three cover ? Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Wakulla, Walton, Washington.

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2.      How can I get real time traffic information?Motorists may call 511 from their mobile phone while traveling in Florida to reach the automated Florida traffic information service. It will notify you of accidents and delays on any major Florida roadway. You can also access Florida's traveler information system online at by visiting www.fl511.com.

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3.      What kinds of impacts can I expect during construction?The Department works hard to minimize all project related impacts, but you might experience one or more of the following during construction: Increased dust, Additional noise, Reduced speed limits, Temporary detours and/or lane closures, Temporary sidewalk closures and pedestrian detours, Heavy machinery and equipment moving in and around the construction zone, Flagmen directing motorists around construction activity, and Project personnel moving in and around the project area.

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4.      Will I be compensated for loss of business during construction? The Department does not provide monetary compensation to businesses within the construction zone. We do, however, take measures to minimize any construction related impacts. FDOT strives to maintain access at all times and provide business operators with timely information about construction activities that might affect them.

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5.      What does it mean "where workers are present"? Florida Statutes provide for speeding fines to be doubled in work zones when workers are present. The phrase, where workers are present, applies to situations where workers are on or near the road while operating heavy equipment, acting as flag persons, and working with hand tools on the ground. Motorists are urged to exercise caution when entering a work zone since workers might be operating behind equipment and not clearly visible.

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6.      Why does construction take place during the day in some places and at night in other locations? The development of the construction schedule is based on a number of different factors. Prior to construction, the project's Design Engineers review the impacts and look closely at the project area before determining how and when the work should be performed. In some instances, work is scheduled for daytime hours or nighttime hours only. In other instances, work is scheduled for both day and nighttime hours. The goal is to complete the work as quickly as possible, while minimizing impacts. Some factors that influence the work schedule include: Safety of workers and the public, Impacts on motorists through the work zone, and Impacts on area schools, hospitals, and more.

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7.       Why do I see so many barrels and cones in construction projects with no visible work in progress? FDOT and its contractors place signs and other traffic control devices while work is being performed. However, frequently traffic control devices are left in place during non work hours to prevent injury to motorists who might attempt to drive in travel lanes not yet suitable for use.

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8.      Who do I contact if my property is damaged by construction?  If you feel that your property has been damaged by construction-related activities, please contact District Three’s Safety Office and Health Manager Toll-free at (888) 638-0250 extension 671 immediate. If it is determined that the damage was caused during construction, it is the contractor’s responsibility to restore damaged property to its original condition prior to completing a construction project.

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9.      Where can I get information about trucking regulations? Office of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement is part of Florida Highway Patrol. For questions related to commercial truck traffic please click on the above link above or contact Lt. Jeff Frost Florida Highway Patrol, 850-617-2279 or via JeffFrost@flhsmv.gov

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10.   How can I obtain the official highway mileage between Florida cities?  Click on the link to obtain information regarding official highway mileage.

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11.    How can I get a road named after a person? The Florida legislature has authority to add a name to a roadway, structure or building. The steps to adding a name to a facility or structure is:

  1. Resolution of support from local government
  2. Support from legislative representative to introduce to convening legislature
  3. Legislature passes bill with designation’s official name
  4. Bill directing FDOT to erect signage.

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12.   What is the Florida Scenic Highways Program? The Florida Scenic Highway Program is designed to enhance travelers’ experience. This, in turn, provides subsequent benefits to the local community. The designated scenic highways promote a heightened awareness of the state’s exceptional resources and unique history through educational and visual experiences. http://www.floridascenichighways.com/program/

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13.   Does FDOT have a roadside memorial program? What is the memorial marker program? http://www.dot.state.fl.us/statemaintenanceoffice/memorial%20markers.shtm

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14.   How can I participate in a roadside litter removal program? The roadside litter removal program is the Adopt-A-Highway Program. Instructions are located at: http://www.dot.state.fl.us/statemaintenanceoffice/aah.shtm

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15.   How can I add landscaping to the roadway? http://www.dot.state.fl.us/emo/beauty/Highway_Main_files/FHBC_Main.shtm

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