Additional I-10 exit considered for Antioch Road; input wanted

Sharon Brown-Halmon and Earl Halmon

Crestview residents Sharon Brown-Halmon and Earl Halmon offer suggestions for Interstate 10 improvements to Florida Department of Transportation consulting engineer Ben Walker.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, January 10, 2014 at 06:23 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Florida Department of Transportation officials will start developing a master plan for Interstate 10 that could include one, if not two, Crestview interchanges.

But for now, they seek the public's input, DOT public information officer Tanya Branton said.

The plan, expected to be completed before July, is in the data analysis and evaluation stages, which featured a Thursday meeting to introduce the stretch of highway included in the study. Attendees received an overview of the FDOT I-10 Master Plan Middle Section, which encompasses Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington and Jackson counties.

"We certainly hope the study will result in a new interchange at Antioch Road," Mayor David Cadle said. "We sure need it."

County Commissioner Nathan Boyles recently called for the interchange in a letter to the DOT.

"I'm just glad we're talking about it," Boyles said. "We've acknowledged we have a problem and now we can move to figure out ways to fix the problem."

Crestview residents Earl Halmon and Sharon Brown-Halmon, whose property backs up to I-10, said sound-proofing barriers would also be welcome.

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