DOT Planning to Stop U.S. 98 Washouts

Plans are being finalized to upgrade portions of Highway 98 between Destin and Fort Walton Beach.

A stretch of the roadway has been washed out at least three times in recent years by hurricanes striking the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Tommie Speights, Public Information Officer for the Department of Transportation, says the preliminary plans are calling for 2.1 miles of sheet piles for the northside of U.S. 98 along Choctawhatchee Bay, plus protection for the median areas and the south side (Gulf side) of 98.

Estimated cost at this point is $20.6 million.

Final plans should be completed by late next week for the project which was set up at the urging of State Senator Charlie Clary of Destin