98 lane shifts expected next week

Staff reports
This map shows the new traffic flow the Florida Dapartment of Transportation is switching U.S. 98 to next week as part of the ongoing widening project. [CONTRIUTED PHOTO]

Motorists on U.S. Highway 98 should be prepared for some lane adjustments in Destin next week.

U.S. 98 westbound travel lanes, between Airport Road and Matthew Boulevard, will be shifted to the north the week of Oct. 28. The traffic shift will allow crews to begin constructing the new temporary eastbound travel lanes in the existing median.

U.S. 98 eastbound, between the western boundary of Henderson Beach State Park and Matthew Boulevard, will be shifted to the north in early November. The traffic shift will provide a construction zone on the south side of the roadway to construct the new eastbound travel lanes, bicycle paths, and sidewalks. This traffic configuration is expected to be in place through mid-2019.

The work is part of $33.5 million U.S. 98 widening project that is expanding the highway from four to six travel lanes between Airport Road and the Okaloosa/Walton County Line. Project completion is currently scheduled for early 2021.

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.