The $64.1 million, which comes from settlement funds from the 2010 BP oil spill, represents more than a quarter of the project’s total estimated planning and construction cost of almost $200 million.

SHALIMAR — As anticipated, the Okaloosa County Commission Tuesday unanimously approved having board Chairman Kelly Windes execute the county’s $64.1 million grant award agreement with Triumph Gulf Coast for the southwest Crestview bypass project.


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The Triumph board is expected to issue its final approval to the agreement’s implementation Wednesday.


"This funding is a critical component of this project," county Public Works Director Jason Autrey said before the commission voted.


The $64.1 million, which comes from settlement funds from the 2010 BP oil spill, represents more than a quarter of the project’s total estimated planning and construction cost of almost $200 million.


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The bypass is expected to decrease traffic congestion in and near Crestview.


Assuming the Triumph board’s approval, the "last hurdle" to receive the Triumph funds will be Gov. Ron DeSantis keeping the money in the state budget, Commissioner Nathan Boyles said.


Additionally, county officials anticipate receiving almost $96 million for the bypass from the Florida Department of Transportation.



The remaining project cost of almost $39 million will be funded by local sources, including $27 million worth of half-cent sales tax revenue from the county and $8 million in half-cent sales tax revenue from the city of Crestview.


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Crestview also will help the bypass come to fruition by contributing about 50 acres of land for rights-of-way and stormwater ponds.


The first three phases of the PJ Adams Parkway widening work, which is an almost $15 million segment of the bypass, began earlier this fall.


Triumph requires the county to have the construction portion of the bulk of the bypass project — minus the FDOT’s planned Interstate 10 interchange east of Antioch Road — under contract by the end of 2020.


The bulk of the project, which could be completed within five years, includes construction of a road from PJ Adams Parkway to north of U.S. Highway 90 and the building of an east-west road that will run between Arena Road and Physicians Drive.