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

Mid-Bay Bridge Traffic Restrictions- The Mid-Bay Bridge (State Road 293) in Okaloosa County will be closed to all traffic from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30, as workers continue permanent repairs. Drivers will have to use alternative routes during the temporary nighttime closure. Traffic on the 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.

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. This closure is required to adjust the elevation of the intersection as well as install new drainage pipe. Drivers will be detoured to Restaurant Row for access to Scenic Highway 98 and the signal at Scenic Highway 98 will be placed in flash mode. The closure is expected to be in place through the end of May.
U.S. 98 Turn lane Extension at Florosa Elementary School — Construction activities have begun. Lane closures will not begin until after Monday, April 1. There will be no lane closures allowed between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. The project is expected to be complete summer 2019.
U.S. 98 Improvements from East Pass (Marler) Bridge to Airport Road — Drivers can expect intermittent east and westbound outside lane closures on U.S. 98 between Stahlman Avenue and Benning Drive from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. from Sunday, March 31 through Thursday, April 4 as crews lower manholes and continue sidewalk and driveway replacement.
State Road (S.R.) 397 (John Sims Parkway) Bridge Replacement Project over Toms Bayou — There will be alternating and intermittent southbound lane restrictions, toward Eglin AFB, over Toms Bayou Bridge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday, April 1, until Friday, April 5, as crews continue demolition work on the southbound bridge.
S.R. 85 Bridge Repair over Juniper Creek — Drivers may encounter intermittent northbound lane restrictions the week of Monday, April 1 as crews pour concrete for bridge pile jackets.
S.R. 189 (Beal Parkway) Driveway Construction — Drivers will encounter southbound lane restrictions on Beal Parkway near the intersection of Hulbert Field Road from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Monday, April 1 until Thursday, April 4 as crews construct a new commercial driveway.

Walton County

U.S. 98 Widening from Emerald Bay Drive to Tang-O-Mar Drive — Roadway widening and drainage activities continue. Traffic and pedestrian impacts include:

On the south side of U.S. 98, South Shore Drive will be reduced to a single travel lane as an “entrance only” during daytime working hours beginning Tuesday, April 2 from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Each night, this location will be re-opened to allow entry and exit traffic. The lanes will be narrowed, and the driving surface will be temporary until the work is complete.

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, April 1 through Friday, April 12 between 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. 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.

S.R. 20 Drainage Repairs in Choctaw Beach — There will be intermittent east and westbound shoulder closures west of Choctaw Beach from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Monday, April 15 as crews continue drainage and slope repairs.
S.R. 20 Drainage Operations from Mohawk Avenue to Satsuma Road — Drivers will encounter intermittent lane restrictions between Mohawk Avenue and Satsuma Road near Niceville from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Monday, April 15 as crews perform drainage work.
S.R. 83 (U.S. 331) Choctawhatchee Relief Bridge Rehabilitation — Motorists are reminded to obey the posted speed limit 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. on S.R. 83 (U.S. 331). Motorists should exercise caution while traveling 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 in the work zone and to watch for construction workers and equipment entering and exiting the roadway.