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Today, Air Force and government officials celebrated the completion of the U.S. 98/Cody Avenue interchange project in Okaloosa County. The state of Florida invested the full $18 million to complete the project, which increases safety and convenience for the thousands of military members, business owners, residents, and visitors who travel through this area each day.

The project elevates the U.S. 98 travel lanes above Cody Avenue to create a grade-separated interchange where traffic destined for Hurlburt Field accesses the main gate via on- and off-ramps. The Florida Department of Transportation partnered with the United States Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, Okaloosa County and the Okaloosa-Walton Transportation Planning Organization on the project. FDOT Secretary Jim Boxold and U.S. Air Force 1st Special Operations Wing Commander Colonel Sean M. Farrell were also on hand to celebrate the opening of the new interchange.

(Florida Dept. of Transportation/Special to The Pulse)

(Florida Dept. of Transportation/Special to The Pulse)

“I applaud Governor Scott for his increased investments in transportation projects that continue the commitment we have to keep our state as the most military-friendly in the country,” said FDOT Secretary Boxold. “By working together with our partners, we were able to build an interchange that benefits both civilians and our military.”

Representative Clay Ingram said, “Several partners came together for this project to achieve our goal of creating a faster, safer route on U.S. 98 and Cody Avenue. I look forward to continuing to work alongside Governor Scott as we build up our infrastructure and make our roadways even safer for families and visitors.”

Hurlburt Field is a busy and growing military installation that is home to the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. It is a major regional employer with more than 10,000 active duty military and civilian personnel. Daily traffic counts on U.S. 98 near the Hurlburt Field main gate exceed 47,000 vehicles.

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