Public hearing scheduled for U.S. 98 improvements

Posted on January 2, 2019 by Staff reports

The Florida Department of Transportation  is hosting a January 15 public hearing regarding U.S. 98’s Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study from Portside Drive in Santa Rosa County to Mary Esther Boulevard in Okaloosa County.

The hearing will begin as an open house at 5:30 p.m. CST, with a formal presentation at 6:30 p.m., followed by a public comment period. It will take place at the Navarre Conference Center, located at 8700 Navarre Parkway, Navarre

The hearing is being held to give interested persons an opportunity to review the results of the study and to provide input on proposed improvements and the recommended alternative.

The intent of this study is to widen 24.5 miles of U.S. 98, provide intersection improvements, safety and access management improvements, as well as add bicycle lanes and sidewalk. The access management changes along U.S. 98 include modifying, closing, and creating new median openings.

Maps, drawings, and other information will be on display.  FDOT representatives will be available to discuss proposed improvements, answer questions, and receive comments. Environmental documents are available for review on the project website ( and during regular business hours through Friday, Jan. 25 at the following locations:

  • Mary Esther Public Library, 100 Hollywood Boulevard, Mary Esther
  • Navarre Public Library, 8484 James Harvell Road, Navarre

Persons wishing to submit written statements, in place of or in addition to oral statements, may do so at the hearing, by mail addressed to Sherry Alaghemand, P.E., FDOT Project Manager, 1074 Highway 90, Chipley, Florida 32428, or via e-mail  All information postmarked no later than Friday, Jan. 25 will become part of the public hearing record.

This hearing is being held without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Sherry Alaghemand, toll-free at (888) 638-0250, extension 1510 or via email at least seven days prior to the hearing. 

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