P.J. Adams four-laning could begin in fall 2016

Published: Friday, March 14, 2014 at 18:16 PM.

CRESTVIEW — One of two county road projects to begin in 2015 and 2016 will benefit the Crestview area, according to Okaloosa/Walton Transportation Planning Organization members.

Three segments of a five-part project to four-lane P.J. Adams Parkway from State Road 85 to Wild Horse Drive are planned for  fiscal years 2016-17. Construction could begin in fall 2016 or spring 2017.

A fourth segment will widen P.J. Adams from Wild Horse to the Interstate 10 overpass in 2017. The final segment, to widen I-10 to U.S. Highway 90, does not yet appear on the TPO's projects schedule.

"This is real," county engineer Jason Autrey said during a Tuesday meeting after several north county residents expressed frustration with the perception that most road improvements benefit South Okaloosa County.

South county business owners should support completing the P.J. Adams-Antioch Road corridor widening, Baker resident Charles Wachtel said.

"All those people that are supporting the tourism down south gotta go through this little two-lane road," he said. "Let's get them through there faster."

The regional long-term transportation plan includes replacing Brooks Bridge in Fort Walton Beach next year. In Walton County, widening U.S. Highway 331 from I-10 north to the Alabama state line will start this year.



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