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Volume20 Issue2 2016

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S U M M E R 2 0 1 6 • condo owner 19 special feature If you have driven along U.S. Highway 98 through Destin, you have probably no- ticed construction of pedestrian cross- ings and lights at five major intersec- tions. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT ) is installing those five signals west of Marler Street; in front of AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar; west of Melvin Street; in front of Big Kahuna's and in front of Chick-fil-A. Work is expected to be completed in July. A FDOT study shows that about 40,000 vehicles per day travel the 3.5-mile section of U.S. Highway 98 from Marler Bridge to Indian Trail. Another study by the FDOT and the Okaloosa County Sheriff 's Office showed that between 2007 and 2013, there were 617 incidents in the area with 18 percent involving pedestrians. Estimated cost for the crosswalk project is $750,000, with the city paying upfront for the work. It will be reimbursed by the FDOT over the next three to five years. In a separate project, Okaloosa County Commissioners are consid- ering construction of a bicycle and pedestrian path on the north side of U.S. Highway 98, stretching from Brooks Bridge to Marler Bridge. Commissioners voted in June to spend $102,000 on a preliminary design plan and environmental assessment, the Northwest Florida Daily News reported. Destin also continues to move forward with plans for the Cross- town Connector, an east-west corridor that could alleviate congestion on U.S. Highway 98. The city council voted to acquire property for the connector, according to local news reports. Proposed improvements would begin on Azalea Drive just west of Benning Drive and extend eastward just past the intersection of Legion Drive and Beach Drive. The project passes through the area of Anna Street, Sandalwood Court and Sandalwood Drive. Final construction plans are expected to be completed by FDOT this fall. n Destin: Improving Safety For Pedestrians With Crossings & New Lights

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