U.S. 98 (State Road 30) over Santa Rosa Sound (Brooks Bridge Replacement) Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study

Financial Project Identification Number: 415474-2-22-01

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will hold a public hearing regarding the above referenced project Thursday, October 4, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. CDT at the Emerald Coast Convention Center, 1250 Miracle Strip Parkway, S.E., Fort Walton Beach. The hearing will begin as an open house at 5:30 p.m. with a formal presentation at 6 p.m., followed by a public comment period.

This hearing is being held to provide interested persons an opportunity to express their views concerning proposed improvements. The project involves replacement of the John T. Brooks Bridge which carries State Road (S.R.) 30 (U.S. 98) over the Santa Rosa Sound and Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Okaloosa County.

To accommodate the bridge replacement, intersection improvements are necessary at S.R. 145 (Perry Avenue) on the west end of the bridge in the City of Fort Walton Beach, and in the vicinity of Santa Rosa Boulevard on Okaloosa Island.  The project consists of changes to access management along S.R. 30 (U.S. 98) such as modifying, closing, and creating median openings and driveway connection access points.

FDOT is seeking public comment to determine how the project will affect access to businesses and the potential economic impact of the project on the local business community. The project also includes evaluation of environmental impacts including an anticipated de minimis finding under Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act.

Additional project information is available and can be viewed here. Maps, drawings, and additional information will also be on display at the hearing. FDOT representatives will be available to discuss proposed improvements, answer questions, and receive comments.

Draft study documents and other information depicting the proposed improvements will be available for public review during regular business hours from September 13, 2018 through October 15, 2018 at the City of Fort Walton Beach Library, 185 Miracle Strip Parkway S.E., Fort Walton Beach, FL (Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Persons wishing to submit written statements or other exhibits, in place of or in addition to oral statements, may do so by sending them to Eric Saggars, P.E., FDOT Project Manager, at 1074 Highway 90 East, Chipley, FL 32428 or via email at esaggars@hntb.com. All exhibits or statements postmarked on or before October 15, 2018, will become part of the record.

If you cannot attend the hearing, please join us online to review the meeting materials by visiting www.brooksbridgereplacment.com. The online meeting can be accessed anytime, anywhere from October 4 through October 15, and will provide the same information as the in-person meeting.

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 Eric Saggars, P.E., at the information listed above at least seven (7) days prior to the hearing. For questions or concerns contact Alicia Brininger, District Three Title VI Coordinator, 1074 Highway 90 East, Chipley, FL 32428, toll-free at (888) 638-0250, extension 1502 or via email at alicia.brininger@dot.state.fl.us.

Should you have any questions regarding the project or this hearing, please contact Eric Saggars, P.E., FDOT Project Manager, at the contact information listed above. You may also contact Ian Satter, FDOT District Three Public Information Director, at (888) 638-0250, extension 1205 or via email at ian.satter@dot.state.fl.us<mailto:ian.satter@dot.state.fl.us>.