SHALIMAR — An Okaloosa County advisory board has recommended that $2 million in half-cent sales tax revenue be earmarked for the southwest Crestview bypass.

The county's Infrastructure Surtax Advisory Committee on Thursday recommended the money be spent on updates to a Triumph Gulf Coast funding application as well as initial construction engineering services, alignment alternatives analysis and design of Rasberry Road.

If the County Commission gives its approval Monday, the expenditures would mark the first $2 million of more than $25 million to $30 million the county plans to spend on the bypass.

“The total cost is closer to $200 million,” county Public Works Director Jason Autrey said. “We are leveraging our money with participation from the state Department of Transportation and Triumph to complete the project.”

The committee also recommended an application for matching grant money from the DOT for intersection improvements at Carmel Drive and Beal Parkway in Wright. The committee recommends $688,279 worth of half cent sales tax revenue go toward the grant match.

It also seeks final approval to spend $25,000 in half-cent sales tax revenue on concept plans and design services for the Carmel/Beal intersection upgrades, and $450,000 in additional revenue for the John King Road widening and intersection improvement project near Crestview.

The total current amount of revenue that needs the commission's final approval is $3,163,279.

The committee also wants the commission to approve the hiring of a project manager to help manage the sales tax projects.