Okaloosa County Commissioners approve addition $3.8 million to create Crestview bypass

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OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Okaloosa County Commission is making the next step to creating a bypass in Crestview.

The bypass will aim to help move the flow of traffic around the city and allow a smooth flow of traffic north and south.

At Tuesday's meeting, the board approved an additional funding agreement for $3.8 million to aid the Florida Department of Transportation with construction costs.

“This project is critical to Crestview, it’s critical to Okaloosa County. We are blessed by having Eglin Air force Base but we’re also constricted by that Air Force base which runs across our county and so we have limited access both to south, that’s Highway 85, and right now that bottleneck is south of Crestview where all that traffic comes to a standstill, we gotta find more ways to allow that traffic to flow more freely," said District Three Okaloosa County Commissioner Nathan Boyles.

This project will be built in multiple phases, but now FDOT can enter into the first phase of construction starting sometime around July.