Highway 98 traffic shift in Walton County

The westbound travel lanes of Highway 98 between Emerald Bay and Seascape Drives will be shifted to the south next week. (Florida Department of Transportation)

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Traffic on Highway 98 in Walton County will see a shift starting next week.

According to Florida Department of Transportation representatives, the westbound travel lanes on Highway 98 between Emerald Bay and Seascape Drives will be shifted to the south starting Monday. The shift will give crews work space to start on the new westbound travel lanes, bicycle lanes, and sidewalks.

Officials say during this construction, drivers are only allowed to make right turns at side streets and driveways, U-turns are only allowed at signalized intersections, and pedestrians are routed to newly constructed sidewalks located on the south side of the roadway between Emerald Bay Drive and Seascape Drive.

Officials say the new traffic configuration will remain in place until late 2020.

This portion of Highway 98 is the focus of a $42 million project tow widen the roadway from four to six lanes and building new sidewalks and bicycle lanes, officials say.

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