In exciting news for residents and visitors to the east end of 30A, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) began construction on the new pedestrian underpass in Inlet Beach in February. Slated to be a $5.6 million project, the new underpass will provide a safe pedestrian crossing at this busy and still growing area.
With an expected completion in late 2022, the project will include the construction of an 8’ tall, 12’ wide, and 136’ long underpass beneath U.S. Highway 98 with safe-way lighting. Additional improvements will include lighted access points at the northeast and southeast corners of the intersection between U.S. Highway 98 and County Road 30A, ADA compliant stairs and ramps, enhanced pedestrian crosswalks and sidewalks, drainage upgrades, and a new eastbound right turn lane from U.S. Highway 98 to County Road 30A going southbound.
Construction on the underpass will be mostly overnight with lane closures limited to nighttime hours between 8:30pm and 5:30am. Traffic shifts will be utilized to maintain the same number of lanes on both U.S. Highway 98 and County Road 30A throughout construction. Upon completion, the underpass will allow safe transit between the Inlet Beach and Rosemary Beach, and easier access to the area’s popular shopping and dining outlets including 30Avenue, The Donut Hole, and Shade’s Bar & Grill.