Is Destin building a new ski slope behind the Walmart? It turns out that no; the huge mounds of dirt and clay piled up behind the department store are made up of leftover dirt from the U.S. Highway 98 road widening project.
According to Florida Department of Transportation Public Information Director Ian Satter, the area behind the Walmart is where the contractor stockpiles dirt and materials like scrap metal and road signs for the estimated $33.3 million project.
The dirt mounds are hard to miss from Henderson Beach Drive and Commons Drive and have become more prominent in the last several weeks.
Satter said that the area is a temporary resting place for the displaced dirt and that it will be moved again as the construction progresses.
"It could serve numerous purposes but most likely it will be used to build up sections of the road bed where needed," Satter said.
The almost 4-mile-long road widening project is set to be completed in the fall of 2020.