Okaloosa and Walton County taffic advisory
Drivers will encounter traffic disruptions on the following state roads in Okaloosa and Walton counties as crews perform construction and maintenance activities.
· John Sims Parkway (State Road (S.R.) 397) Bridge Replacement over Toms Bayou- All travel lanes are shifted to the southbound bridge to demolish and reconstruct the northbound structure. John Sims Parkway over Toms Bayou has been reduced from four to three travel lanes. The middle lane is a "reversible lane" providing maximum traffic capacity during peak travel times. Two southbound (Niceville to Eglin AFB) lanes will be in place in the morning and two northbound (Eglin AFB to Niceville) lanes in the afternoon. At times, John Sims Parkway may be reduced from three to two travel lanes, one in each direction, across the Toms Bayou Bridge between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The short-term closures are needed to deliver materials and pour concrete for the new northbound structure and will continue intermittently into early 2021.
· S.R. 4 Bridge Replacement (Cotton Bridge) over Blackwater River- Motorists may encounter intermittent daytime lane restrictions through Saturday, May 16 as crews continue bridge construction activities. There will be no traffic impacts during recognized holidays.
· S.R. 85 Utility Operations in Niceville- Motorists can expect a lane shift from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Sunday, March 29 as Gulf Power removes utility poles from the right of way.
· U.S. 98 Widening from Emerald Bay Drive to Tang-O-Mar Drive- Crews continue road widening and drainage improvements. This week, driveways and side streets on the south side of U.S. 98 between Seascape Drive and Tang-O-Mar Drive may be temporarily impacted by construction equipment crossing the roadway. Additionally, drivers may encounter uneven pavement in this area.
All activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. Drivers are reminded to use caution, especially at night, when traveling through a work zone and to watch for construction workers and equipment entering and exiting the roadway.
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