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Highway 98 traffic to shift near Brooks Bridge on Okaloosa Island

A traffic shift on U.S. Highway 98 near Brooks Bridge is set to begin the week of July 8 as part of the ongoing Brooks Bridge Replacement Project.

A traffic shift on U.S. Highway 98 near Brooks Bridge is set to begin the week of July 8 as part of the ongoing Brooks Bridge Replacement Project.

The U.S. 98 travel lanes between Brooks Bridge and Pier Road on Okaloosa Island will be shifted south onto temporary lanes. This change will create space for construction crews to build the new westbound Brooks Bridge structure. Two travel lanes will remain open in each direction during this phase of the project.

  • Drivers should be aware that intermittent lane closures on U.S. 98 from Ferry Road to Pier Road may occur between 9 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

The $171 million Brooks Bridge Replacement Project aims to increase capacity from the current four-lane bridge to six travel lanes. The project includes the construction of two new, parallel bridges to replace the existing structure, which opened in 1966.

Weather permitting, the project is estimated to be completed by summer 2027. Officials remind drivers to use caution when traveling through the work zone, especially at night, and to watch for construction workers and equipment entering and exiting the roadway.

All construction activities are subject to weather conditions and may be delayed or rescheduled in case of inclement weather.

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