Okaloosa and Walton County Traffic Advisory

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Chipley, FL – Drivers will encounter traffic disruptions on the following state roads in Okaloosa and Walton counties as crews perform construction and maintenance activities.

Okaloosa County:

  • U.S. 98 Widening from Airport Road to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line- Paving operations are set to begin on the new westbound travel lanes, between Kel-Wen Circle and the Okaloosa/Walton County line, the week of Sunday, Oct. 6.  Driveways and side streets on the north side of U.S. 98 may be intermittently reduced to one lane. Access to all businesses and side streets will be maintained and traffic flaggers will be on site to safely direct drivers through the work zone.
  • State Road (S.R.) 4 Bridge Replacement over Blackwater River– Activities associated with bridge construction have begun. Traffic will encounter intermittent daytime lane closures Monday through Friday until Friday, Nov. 8. Drivers are reminded the speed limit has been reduced to 45 miles per hour through the work zone.
  • U.S. 98 Improvement from East Pass (Marler) Bridge to Airport Road- Crews continue paving operations, median, turn lane and driveway replacement work on U.S. 98 (Harbor Boulevard) between the East Pass (Marler) Bridge and Airport Road in Destin the week of Sunday, Oct. 6.  Intermittent east and westbound lane closures will be in effect from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.
  • S.R. 397 (John Sims Parkway) over Toms Bayou Bridge Replacement Project– Crews continue road widening and bridge construction activities. Traffic impacts for the week of Sunday, Oct. 6 include alternating and intermittent lane closures for north and southbound traffic. To help minimize traffic impacts, the following restrictions will be in place:
      • Southbound (toward Eglin AFB) lane closures will not be allowed between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.
      • Northbound (toward Niceville) lane closures will not be allowed between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • S.R. 293 (Mid-Bay Bridge) and Spence Parkway Routine Bridge Inspection– Motorists can expect intermittent lane restrictions across the Mid-Bay Bridge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, and Wednesday, Oct. 9 as crews perform a routine inspection.  Thursday, Oct. 10, crews will perform a routine inspection on Spence Parkway over Deer Moss Creek and Foxhead Branch Creek between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Drivers are reminded to use caution.

Walton County:

  • S.R. 20 Resurfacing from S.R. 81 to the Choctawhatchee River Bridge and S.R. 81 Resurfacing from S.R. 20 to the Holmes County line– Motorists can expect intermittent daytime lane closures the week of Monday, Oct. 7 as crews perform paving operations.
  • U.S. 90 Traffic Signal at 20th Street in DeFuniak Springs– Work requiring lane restrictions will only be allowed to take place between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. The new traffic signal should be complete by late fall 2019.
  • U.S. 98 Widening from Emerald Bay Drive to Tang-O-Mar Drive- Crews continue road widening and drainage improvements.  Traffic impacts for the week of Sunday, Oct. 6 include:
    • Eastbound travel lanes, between Emerald Bay Drive and Seascape Drive, will be shifted to the south the week of Sunday, Oct. 6.  The traffic shift will provide space to construct temporary westbound travel lanes that will be needed for a future westbound traffic shift. The traffic configuration will remain in place until later this year. The following restrictions will be in place during this phase of work:
      • Drivers are only allowed to make right turns at side streets and driveways.
      • U-turns are only allowed at signalized intersections.
      • Pedestrians will be routed to the newly constructed sidewalks located on the south side of the roadway between Emerald Bay Drive and Seascape Drive.
    • Driveways and side streets on the south side of U.S. 98, between Emerald Bay Drive and Tang-O-Mar Drive, may be temporarily impacted by construction equipment crossing the roadway. Additionally, drivers may encounter uneven pavement in this area.
    • Access to all businesses and side streets will remain open and traffic flaggers will be on-site to safely direct drivers through the work zone.

All activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. Drivers are reminded to use caution, especially at night, when traveling through a work zone and to watch for construction workers and equipment entering and exiting the roadway.

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