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Crews begin removing old roadway in Brooks Bridge work zone in Fort Walton Beach

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has shifted U.S. 98 traffic near Brooks Bridge in Fort Walton Beach to the south, creating a dedicated work zone for the construction of the […]

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has shifted U.S. 98 traffic near Brooks Bridge in Fort Walton Beach to the south, creating a dedicated work zone for the construction of the new westbound bridge structure.

  • This move is part of the ongoing $171-million Brooks Bridge replacement project, which aims to increase capacity and improve traffic flow in the area.

The current traffic configuration, which can be seen in a recently released photo taken looking east, features barrier walls separating the road from the work zone. Within this newly established work area, crews have begun removing the old roadway to make way for the new bridge.

The Brooks Bridge replacement project involves constructing two new, parallel bridges that will expand the capacity from the current four lanes to six travel lanes. The existing bridge, which opened in 1966, has been serving the community for over five decades and is due for an upgrade.

FDOT estimates that the project will be completed by summer 2027, providing improved infrastructure and enhanced safety for residents and visitors alike. As construction progresses, drivers are advised to exercise caution and follow posted signage when navigating the area.

The expansion of Brooks Bridge is expected to alleviate traffic congestion and accommodate the growing needs of Fort Walton Beach and the surrounding communities. Once completed, the new bridges will provide a modern, efficient route for travelers and help facilitate economic growth in the region.

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