Hwy. 98 Widening

Status: Completed within city limits
Estimated Completion: February 2021
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The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Highway 98 widening project in Destin began September 2017. This project is managed by FDOT and is slated to take 1,220 days to complete. Due to some weather delays over the past year and a half, the completion date is now looking like late 2020 or early 2021. 

Construction will begin on the west end of the project near Airport Rd. with median demolition and widening the existing eastbound travel lanes toward the median and the south side of the eastbound roadway. The retaining pond just west of Scenic Hwy. 98 will be excavated and the retaining wall adjacent to the roadway and median fill will be constructed with the material removed from the pond. Other work, including street lighting and utility relocation, will also take place.

Below is important information regarding the project and road closures.

  • All planned lane closures require a 14-day notification. Notices will be found at https://lcis.dot.state.fl.us. The city will share this information on its website and Facebook page.
  • An Emergency Evacuation plan will be established. Lanes will be reopened within 12 hours of an evacuation notice.
  • The county will install an additional southbound, left turn lane at the intersection of Matthew Blvd. and Hwy. 98.
  • New ITS (Intelligent Transportation System) signs east and west of Danny Wuerffel Way will be installed as part of this project.

For questions regarding the project, please contact Mike Ward, Metric Engineering, Inc., at mward@metriceng.com.

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