Public meeting today on proposal for second I-10 exit

Okaloosa County
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Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 09:41 AM.

CRESTVIEW — State Road 85 gridlock could be greatly decreased with an additional exit built just west of the existing I-10 interchange, Okaloosa County Commissioner Nathan Boyles says.

Boyles plans to share his proposal today at the state Department of Transportation’s public meeting on the I-10 Master Plan for Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington and Jackson counties.

The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at Crestview Community Center, 1446 Commerce Drive.

With the recent opening of the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector, it’s easier than ever for tourists and locals to reach south Okaloosa County from Crestview and parts north.

However, Boyles said the worst congestion happens between Shoal River bridge and Wal-Mart.

An additional I-10 interchange just west of Crestview would fit well with the county’s long-term plans for the P.J. Adams Parkway-Antioch Road corridor, Boyles said.

It also could decrease traffic on State Road 85, he said.

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