Construction Begins On Photo-luminescent Sidewalk

In Brief:

  • Okaloosa County has begun constructing a 4-mile multi-use path between Brooks Bridge and Marler (Destin) Bridge.
  • The path will be pedestrian and bicycle-friendly and feature photo-luminescent stone for nighttime visibility.
  • Funded by tourism revenue and an FDOT grant, the project is expected to be completed by early 2025 with no anticipated traffic disruptions on U.S. Highway 98.

Okaloosa County officials and local leaders gathered at the entrance of John Beasley Park on Monday, July 8, 2024, to celebrate the commencement of construction for a new multi-use path spanning approximately 4 miles between Brooks Bridge and Marler (Destin) Bridge.

“This new path will be transformational for the health and safety of residents and visitors looking for recreational opportunities on Okaloosa Island,” said Okaloosa County Commissioner Carolyn Ketchel. “I am so thankful to our Public Works team, Eglin Air Force Base, and residents for working together to enable this project to take shape.”

The 12-foot-wide path will be constructed on the south side of U.S. Highway 98 and will feature photo-luminescent stone that illuminates it at night. The project also includes stabilizing parking areas commonly used by the public at designated beach access points. The path will accommodate both pedestrian and bicycle traffic, with motorized vehicles such as golf carts, low-speed vehicles, or gas-powered scooters prohibited.

Officials have assured that there will be no lane closures or traffic disruptions along U.S. Highway 98 during construction. However, motorists are encouraged to exercise caution in the area due to the active construction zone.

The project is funded through multiple sources, including tourism revenue and a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) grant. The construction is expected to be completed by early 2025.

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