Highway 331 Improvements: Update

Highway 331 improvements to begin this Fall

This fall, construction will begin on a 4.6 mile stretch of U.S. Highway 331. The changes are being made to reduce congestion and increase safety on the highway. “This is a continuing effort by FDOT to improve safety along a hurricane evacuation route, ease congestions…from U.S. 98 to Interstate 10 and encourage economic development opportunities in Walton County,” said Harold ‘Mac’ Watters, operations manager with the DOT, in a statement last week.

The contract will be completed with the Florida Department of Transportation and Anderson Columbia. The project is estimated to be finished by summer 2015. The widening will take place from the north end of the Choctawhatchee Relief Bridge to south of State Road 20. In addition to the widening project, a new bridge will be placed over Ramsey Branch, storm-water retention areas will be developed, and water and sewer lines will be relocated.

The project will be paid for by a half-cent sales tax hike that was voted on earlier this year. It will fund not only the widening project but also will go towards funding a new bridge over Choctawhatchee Bay.

SETCO is ready for more visitors next summer with a wider & safer 331 highway!

Source Northwest Florida Daily News

http://www.nwfdailynews.com/articles/construction-52118–.html