SoWal Pedestrian Tunnel Gets First $1 Million for Funding


Progress is pushing forward, for a “Pedestrian Tunnel.” Two local entities have shown their support by promising the first million dollars to fund the tunnel.

At the busy intersection of Highway 98 and County Road 30a, there has been talk about building an underground walkway for pedestrians to use. It would allow bikers, boarders and beach-goers to safely travel across the busy highway by going underneath.

FDOT unveiled the designs last week but, this project is still just an idea. No funding is in place to actually build it but, two Walton County entities decided to show their support by each funding $500,000.

“This is a great project for the area. Obviously with 30a and how it connects with 98 and all of the business and the residences on the north side of 98, you know, there are lots of pedestrians that are crossing there. So, it a worth while project,” explained Jay Tusa, Visit South Walton, TDC Director.

“We feel like by adding more money to the project, it will get funded quicker and we will have it built quicker.. it’s a very big safety issue for us. If you have been down there in the summer and seen a 12 year old, a 6 year old and an eight year old standing there in a median, the size of that with their bicycles, you’ll understand why we needed to do this,” said Tony Anderson, Walton County Commisioner.

Collectively as Walton County Commissioners, they agreed getting the tunnel funded and built is top a priorty for the county.

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