Florida’s Department of Transportation has been working overtime since Hurricane Dennis, and Wednesday evening the DOT opened two lanes of the four-laned US Highway 98 between Destin and Ft. Walton Beach in Okaloosa County.
The storm surge from Dennis washed out all four lanes on a stretch of the highway.
Crews worked around the clock for the past three days and have two lanes temporarily repaired so traffic can stop using a 50-mile detour.
Two-lane traffic is now being used in the area where traffic had been blocked because of the washout. One lane will be dedicated in each direction.
The contractor will now begin work on the other two lanes and when that is completed will return to the lanes temporarily opened Wednesday for a more permanent fix.
Meanwhile, in Gulf County, GAC Contractors of Panama City today was awarded a $218,000 contract for temporary repairs to US 98 at Highland View. Storm surge from Dennis washed out a costal two-lane section of the highway.
The work, which begins Thursday, is slated to take about two weeks to complete.
Work began Wednesday on repairing a stretch of US 98, which was washed out by the storm between Carrabelle and Eastpoint in Franklin County. C. W. Roberts Contracting of Hosford, Florida will be doing the work. The $10.8 million contract covers repairs of coastal US 98 over a 27-mile stretch.