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Temporary lane shift planned to accommodate ongoing Brooks Bridge construction

Drivers in Fort Walton Beach can expect changes to U.S. Highway 98 near the Brooks Bridge as construction continues on the $171 million replacement project. The move will provide space […]

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Drivers in Fort Walton Beach can expect changes to U.S. Highway 98 near the Brooks Bridge as construction continues on the $171 million replacement project.

  • Crews are building new temporary lanes along the eastbound side of the highway to allow for the shift of all U.S. 98 lanes to the south, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.
  • The lane shift is scheduled to take place later this month.

The move will provide space for construction of a new westbound bridge structure to replace the section that opened in 1966. All four existing travel lanes will remain open during this phase of construction, which is expected to be completed in the summer of 2027.

When finished, the new side-by-side Brooks Bridges will expand capacity from four lanes to six. The replacement project broke ground last year with an estimated price tag of $171 million.

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