Florida State Road 293

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State Road 293 marker State Road 293 toll marker

State Road 293
Mid-Bay Bridge
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length: 15.4 mi[1] (24.8 km)
Existed: June 1993 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 98 in Destin
North end: SR 85 in Niceville
Location
Counties: Okaloosa
Highway system
SR 292 SR 294

State Road 293 (SR 293) is a 15.4 miles (24.8 km) long road that extends from U.S. Route 98 in Destin, north across the Mid-Bay Bridge, a toll bridge, to State Road 85 in Niceville.

Route description[edit]

State Road 293 begins at the intersection with Mid-Bay Bridge Road and US 98 in Destin, where SR 293 takes Mid-Bay Bridge north, passing by the shopping center next to the southern terminus, and then passing by a middle school and docks for the mile between US 98 and the southern end of the Mid-Bay Bridge. It then crosses the 3.6 mile long toll bridge over Choctawhatchee Bay, where at the northern end, tolls are collected ($3 for cars as of July 11, 2010[2]). It extends for another two miles as White Point Road, traveling northward through the Bluewater Bay community to its northern terminus of SR 20.[3]

History[edit]

The State Road was established in June 1993 when the Mid-Bay Bridge was opened. Originally, the northern terminus of the road was at the toll plaza at the northern end of the bridge. The northern approached was accessed via White Point Road. In 2011, the road was opened to SR 20.

Future[edit]

State Road 293 currently has plans to be extended around the Niceville area in stages, starting with an extension north to Range Road, expected to be completed in 2011. It is planned to be followed by extensions to SR 285, then SR 85. The extension from Range Road to Hwy 85 is due to open on January 3, 2014. The bridge is expected to be widen by one lane by 2020.[4]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Okaloosa County.

Location Mile[5] km Destinations Notes
Destin 0.000 0.000 US 98 (SR 30) – Panama City, Destin, Okaloosa Island, Henderson Beach State Park
  0.982–
4.631
1.580–
7.453
Mid-Bay Bridge over Choctawhatchee Bay
  4.75[1] 7.64 toll plaza
  5.43 8.74 Lakeshore Drive - Maxwell Gunter Recreation Area interchange
  6.28 10.11 SR 20 – Airport, Freeport interchange
  7.53[1] 12.12 Range Road interchange
  9.8[1] 15.8 toll gantry
  12.0[1] 19.3 Forest Road
  12.9[1] 20.8 SR 285 interchange
Niceville 15.4[1] 24.8 SR 85 to I‑10 – Fort Walton Beach, Valparaiso, Crestview, Airport interchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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