FDOT: Extra work items push back Destin finish date
DESTIN — Construction on the U.S. Highway 98 Destin Improvement Project has pushed its finish date back three months, at least, because of additional work items, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.
The project’s construction team added 96 contract days to the original contract to install another turn lane into the Emerald Grande parking lot and a blinking sign on the Marler Bridge to warn oncoming drivers of signals ahead and stopped traffic.
The total additional costs for the work will be $150,000, according to FDOT District 3 spokeswoman Tanya Branton. That will push the project’s total price tag from $4.6 million to $4.75 million.
In August, the project was still on pace to finish by late 2019, but the added work means that the job won’t be completed until spring 2020 at the earliest. Construction on the heavily-traveled 2.9-mile stretch has been focused mainly on milling and resurfacing the road, but also includes adding bicycle lanes, sidewalk upgrades, access management improvements, Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades and new signage and pavement markings.
The FDOT on Monday also announced that lane closures in Destin will continue for at least another six months in both eastbound and westbound lanes from the Marler Bridge to Airport Road from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., Sunday through Thursday.
The closures are a necessity as workers continue paving operations, sidewalk and driveway replacement work.