Okaloosa Lane paving could be next as engineering studies end

Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 05:45 PM.

Paving the last quarter-mile of dirt lane is one of his top priorities, Harris said. There's hope the project might be completed within a year to a year and a half, he said.

"We are trying to elicit the property owners' support in acquiring right-of-way," Harris said. "I think most, if not all, but one or two are in favor of fixing this major problem."

Because of hazardous conditions caused by washouts, and the lack of a sidewalk for children walking to and from school, paving the road is a safety issue, Harris said.

Moreover, he said, it will enhance property values for neighborhoods the road serves.

The paving and accompanying drainage engineering work is budgeted at $2 million, county Public Works Director John Hofstad said. Part of the cost is for acquiring property needed for drainage and a sidewalk.

Engineering plans had to be revised when the original design didn't meet with the Northwest Florida Water Management District's approval, Harris said.

"We have the money to do it, and if we prevail in acquiring all of the R.O.W., we can, as they say, 'git 'er done,'" Harris said.

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