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Brooks Bridge in Fort Walton Beach is nearly 50 years old and in need of replacement.  The issue will be the subject of a public forum hosted by the Florida Department of Transportation this Thursday evening at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. Multiple options are being considered.

Brooks Bridge was constructed back in the mid 1960’s, a 4-lane steel and concrete structure built to carry traffic along U.S. 98 over Santa Rosa Sound between downtown Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island.

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It’s been chilly in Northwest Florida the past few nights, with temperatures approaching and occasionally dipping below freezing. Fortunately, those cold nights have been clear nights. 

Last year we weren’t so lucky.  Escambia County Emergency Management Chief John Dosh was being a bit understated last year when he said "It's a little challenging because we're not really equipped to handle these icing and snow conditions". Of all the potential emergencies officials plan for in Northwest Florida, an ice storm is pretty close to the bottom of the list. That’s no longer the case.

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The Florida Department of Transportation outlined its 5 year plan for the future this week.  The outline from the FDOT include millions of dollars in future road improvements in the panhandle. Ian Satter, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Transportation says the plans include a major road widening project.

9 Mile Road will be expanded from from two to four lanes from I-10 to Pine Forest Road.  There will be some large scale resurfacing of roads in Escambia County including Creighton Road from Davis Highway to US-90.