The Florida Department of Transportation will start work today to improve pedestrian safety features in Destin.

Enhancements include replacing old faded signs with new sign panels, refreshing pavement markings and ensuring the pedestrian features meet current standards. FDOT will also study U.S. Hwy. 98 with regard to pedestrian access, safety, and mobility within the city limits. This pedestrian focused study will be coordinated with the city of Destin to produce a conceptual plan for needed pedestrian safety improvements.

The pedestrian improvements in Destin are part of FDOTís larger efforts to work with local, state and federal partners to examine Hwy. 98 and develop short-term and long-term solutions to enhance pedestrian safety. FDOT plans to study traffic characteristics such as control devices, markings, speed limits and sight distances the entire length of Hwy. 98 throughout Northwest Florida.

The project is scheduled to be complete in early spring 2013.

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