Okaloosa Lane paving could be next as engineering studies end

Okaloosa lane road

An Okaloosa County Roads Department barricade marks a segment of Okaloosa Lane’s unpaved portion that washed out during recent heavy rains.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 17:45 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Relief may be near for Okaloosa Lane residents tired of slipping and sliding in wet weather, and bouncing over ruts and motoring through dust clouds when it's dry.

A small, critical stretch of the road, which links U.S. Highway 90 with Redstone Avenue at Riverside Elementary School, is still unpaved.

Soon after the school opened, the section from Redstone behind Riverside Elementary was paved. However, the segment from Serenity Lane at the boundary of school property to Aplin Road, is still dirt. Efforts to pave it have been in the works for three years, County Commissioner Wayne Harris said.

The county is acquiring right-of-way from property owners on either side of the road now that 60 percent of the engineering planning is complete.

The road is heavily traveled by school buses and parents carrying students to and from the two schools, and serves residential neighborhoods that line the lane’s east side.

The segment includes a dramatic dip that frequently gets washouts.

A top priority



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