DOT Hopes to Stop U.S. 98 Washouts

Because of recent hurricanes, a stretch of Highway 98 in Okaloosa County is about to get some upgrades.

The last few years of tropical activity has taken its toll on parts of that highway. Several storms have seen tidal surges which cut the four-lane highway into two.

So the Department of Transportation is paying Warcher Western Company more than $14 million to protect U.S. 98 from tidal surges.

The road work, which begins next month, includes the area between Brooks Bridge at Ft. Walton Beach to East Pass Bridge at Destin.

It will include the use of stone filled mattresses to control erosion. Work on the upgrades starts next month and should be done sometime in July.