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FDOT gives OK on Highway 98 project for six lanes
It looks like parts of Hwy 98 in Santa Rosa county are going to be turned into six lanes. There's still no definite timeline on when this will happen, but the Florida Department of Transportation is putting the wheels in motion. Some people say it's long overdue. Daniel Vickery said, "If there is a wreck, you can just about stand still for an hour."
It's not the whole stretch of Hwy. 98. It will be from Avalon Blvd. to the Gulf Islands National Seashore. FDOT is in the early stages of the project. They have begun acquiring the right of way between Portside drive and Bayshore road. However, not everyone is on board. Peggy McGonagel's house backs up to Hwy. 98 and she doesn't want the road any closer. She said, "We have quite a bit of noise from the Highway as it is. If it's moving on to these properties and all construction and the noise."
Len Nobrega owns Tiger Point Paint and Body. He worries about the impact it could have on his business. "I don't think it needs to be six lanes, it needs four lanes with an access lane. That would alleviate a lot of the problem. I don't have very much frontage as it is, it could put me out of business, I don't know."
This isn't going to happen anytime soon, there is still no funding for the road construction.