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The five-way intersection of Garden Street, Barrancas Avenue, and D Street in downtown Pensacola could soon see major changes if a state project moves forward.

The Florida Department of Transportation plans to close off South D Street at Garden Street and Barrancas Avenue in an attempt to improve safety at the five-way junction. FDOT will hold a public meeting on the proposed plan on Tuesday, Jan. 23; the hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Pensacola Public Library, located at 239 North Spring Street in downtown Pensacola.

While North D Street would remain open to Garden, new raised grass medians would prevent motorists from turning onto D Street from Garden Street eastbound. The project also includes upgrading traffic signals to mast arms, new pedestrian safety features, new crosswalks and sidewalks, and lighting at the intersection.

FDOT officials say the project is anticipated to begin summer 2018 and will take about three months to complete, weather permitting.

FDOT map of the proposed changes. (Florida Department of Transportation/Special to The Pulse)

The Jan. 23 hearing will begin as an open house at 5:30 p.m., with a formal presentation at 6:00 p.m., followed by a public comment period.  Maps, drawings, and other information regarding the improvements will be on display and FDOT representatives will be available to discuss the proposed improvements, answer questions, and receive comments.

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