MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. - Driving through Miramar Beach during peak tourist season can be bumper-to-bumper for miles and cost you time on the road. But the Florida Department of Transportation is about to begin a project to relieve some of that congestion. It will widen Highway 98 from four lanes to six.
The projects costs about $42 million and will run about 3.4 miles from Tang-O-Mar Drive to Emerald Bay Drive.
"It just keeps increasing," said Clark Crates, a server at Buffalo Jack's. "I mean, even on through the off season, it's like everybody's just packing out."
The project is underway but will primarily be focused on storm water ponds off site through the holidays.
"We need to get ahead of that and expand this roadway as quickly as we can," said Ian Satter, the spokesperson for FDOT.
Starting next year, motorists will see work on the actual road. Sidewalks, more visible bike lanes and some updated signals will be added as well.
"It'll give people more options to change lanes into the slower lane, instead of just all being in that hustle," said Crates.
They hope to have the project completed by the Summer of 2020.
FDOT plans to keep at least two lanes of traffic on either side constantly flowing so as not to impede traffic, but it is still a construction zone.
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