Okaloosa and Walton County Traffic Advisory

May 3, 2017

Chipley, Fla. – 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 (Harbor Boulevard) Improvements from East Pass (Marler) Bridge to Airport Road- Drivers can expect intermittent east and westbound lane closures between Airport Road and East Pass (Marler) Bridge, between 9 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. Sunday, May 5 through Friday, May 10. These closures are required to allow crews to lower manholes in the roadway and continue sidewalk and driveway replacement.
  • State Road (S.R.) 293 (Mid-Bay Bridge) Traffic Restrictions- The Mid-Bay Bridge remains limited to two-axle vehicles including cars, trucks, SUVs, school buses and limited EMS and first responder equipment only. Semi-trucks and commercial vehicles will be required to use alternate routes until permanent repairs to the Mid-Bay Bridge are complete in fall 2019. Variable message boards are placed on both ends of the bridge to alert drivers regarding the temporary restrictions.
  • U.S. 98 Turn lane Extension at Florosa Elementary School- Construction activities continue. Motorists will encounter intermittent lane restrictions Sunday, May 5 through Thursday, May 9. There will be no lane closures allowed between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.
  • S.R. 189 (Beal Parkway) at Hurlburt Road- Motorists will encounter intermittent southbound lane restrictions on Beal Parkway and westbound lane restrictions on Hurlburt Road from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Sunday, May 5 until Tuesday, May 7 as crews perform driveway and turn lane construction for a new commercial development.
  • S.R. 85 (S. Ferdon Boulevard) Turn lane Construction south of Live Oak Church Road (Shoal River Bridge)- Southbound traffic can expect intermittent lane restrictions south of Live Oak Church Road from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, May 6 through Thursday, May 9 as crews continue paving turn lanes and drainage activities.
  • West John Sims Parkway at S.R. 85 (Government Avenue)- A portion of the westbound right turn lane of West John Sims Parkway onto Government Avenue in Niceville will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 9 as crews construct driveways and sidewalk for a new commercial development.
  • S.R. 397 (John Sims Parkway) Bridge Replacement Project over Toms Bayou alternating and intermittent southbound (toward Eglin AFB) lane closures on the Toms Bayou Bridge after 9 a.m. Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10. Crews will continue pile driving operations and widening work on the southbound bridge.
  • U.S. 98 Widening from Airport Road to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line- Scenic Highway 98 (County Road 2378), on the south side of U.S. 98, is closed at the U.S. 98 intersection as crews adjust the elevation of the intersection and install new drainage pipe. Drivers will be detoured to Restaurant Row for access to Scenic Highway 98 and the signal at Scenic Highway 98 has been placed in flash mode. The closure is expected to be in place through the end of May 2019.
  • S.R. 85 Bridge Repair over Juniper Creek- Crews will be removing debris and restoring project limits to complete improvements. Drivers are reminded to exercise caution while traveling through the work zone.

Walton County:

  • U.S. 98 Widening from Emerald Bay Drive to Tang-O-Mar Drive- Crews continue road widening and drainage improvements. Traffic and pedestrian impacts include:
  1. Construction crews will be installing drainage pipe beneath driveways on the south side of U.S. 98, between Poinciana Boulevard and Scenic Gulf Drive, the week of Monday, May 6. Only one driveway will be constructed at a time, and the work may require single lane or full driveway closures. Each night, the driveways will be reopened. Access to all businesses will be maintained. Traffic flaggers will be on-site to safely direct drivers through the work zone.
  2. Drivers may encounter alternating eastbound lane closures on U.S. 98 between Emerald Bay Drive and Tang-O-Mar Drive, from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Sunday, May 5 through Thursday, May 9 for paving operations.
  3. Driveways and side streets on the south side of U.S. 98, between Emerald Shores Drive and Tang-O-Mar Drive, may be temporarily impacted by construction equipment crossing the roadway Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 17 between 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Additionally, drivers may encounter uneven pavement in this area.
  4. 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.
  • U.S. 331 at Marquis Way Intersection- Drivers will encounter north and southbound, inside lane restrictions on U.S. 331 at the intersection of Marquis Way in Freeport from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday, May 5 and Monday, May 6 as crews perform maintenance activities.
  • U.S. 98 at Watersound Parkway Signalization Improvements- Drivers will encounter intermittent east and westbound lane restrictions at the intersection of U.S. 98 and Watersound Parkway from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday, May 5 and Monday, May 6 as crews update the traffic signals.
  • U.S. 98 Shoulder Closure- The outside, eastbound shoulder of U.S. 98 will be closed from Baytown Avenue to Sandestin Lane from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, May 6 through Thursday, May 9 as crews perform utility operations.
  • S.R. 20 in Choctaw Beach- Drivers will encounter intermittent eastbound lane restrictions on S.R. 20 just east of Water Oak Street in Choctaw Beach from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 9 as crews perform erosion repairs.
  • U.S. 331 Choctawhatchee Relief Bridge Rehabilitation- Motorists are reminded to obey the posted speed limit and exercise caution while traveling through the work zone as crews continue the bridge rehabilitation project. No lane closures will be permitted between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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 in the work zone and to watch for construction workers and equipment entering and exiting the roadway. For more information visit the Florida Department of Transportation District Three on the web at www.nwflroads.com, follow us on Twitter @myfdot_nwfl, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyFDOTNWFL.

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