FDOT opening westbound portion of 23rd Street flyover this weekend

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Friday, the Florida Department of Transportation began opening the westbound portion of the 23rd Street Flyover and many hope it will free up traffic. Crews began the transitioning process at 8 p.m.

The Florida Department of Transportation is opening the westbound portion of the 23rd St. Flyover this weekend. (WJHG/WECP)

Ian Satter with FDOT said the crews are removing barrels and other building materials from the road to clear a path for drivers. Satter said they will slowly transition traffic onto the westbound section of the flyover.

FDOT officials, crews and local law enforcement have blocked off parts of Highway 98 and 23rd Street near the Hathaway Bridge.

Satter said this is the first step of their entire project.

“The $68 million project should wrap up in the early part of 2020,” Satter said. "This is a major milestone here. We get some more work to do on the eastbound side of the flyover but we should be wrapped up and ready to go by the spring.”

As for the westbound section, Satter said crews will be working throughout the weekend, clearing the path and they’re asking drivers to be patient and drive carefully. Satter said they’re planning to have this westbound section completely open by Monday.