Brooks Bridge Replacement Project will cause overnight lane closures the week of August 1-4

On Friday, July 29, 2022, the Florida Department of Transportation announced traffic impacts that will take place this week as part of the Brooks Bridge Replacement Project (read the latest).

  • The traffic impacts will take place from Monday, August 1 through Thursday, August 4, from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. as crews perform geotechnical surveys and utility work.

Here’s what will be impacted:

  • U.S. 98 east and westbound alternating and intermittent lane closures between Perry Avenue and Pier Road. 
  • Santa Rosa Boulevard east and westbound alternating lane closures from east of Amberjack Drive to Ross Marler Park. 
  • Intermittent shoulder closures on Brooks Street, between Perry Avenue and Florida Blanca Place, and on Business Access Road.

In June, the Florida Department of Transportation awarded Superior Construction Southeast with the $171 million design-build contract for the Brooks Bridge Replacement Project.

  • The project involves replacing the John T. Brooks Bridge which connects Fort Walton Beach to Okaloosa Island. 

According to FDOT District 3 spokesperson Ian Satter, Superior Construction Southeast will begin the design, which should take about a year to complete. Actual construction of the bridge will likely begin at some point in the Summer of 2023. 

  • In total, the project should take about 5-years to complete. 
  • There are 1,810 days in the contract, weather permitting. 

Satter says that once the design is complete and they move into the construction portion, there will be a public information meeting just to show the general public what the final design is going to be, and that construction is now starting.

“It’ll be an update of what to expect during construction, as well as renderings of the project moving forward,” he said. “And when construction begins, we’ll probably have a construction meeting too at the beginning of the project.”

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