Elected officials joined former interim secretary Rachel Cone and District Secretary Phillip Gainer April 7, to officially celebrate completion of the new U.S. 331 bridge (Clyde B. Wells Bridge) across the Choctawhatchee Bay. The new $118.5 million bridge is located east of the current Clyde B. Wells Bridge and features two northbound travel lanes while the previous structure is used exclusively for two lanes of southbound traffic.
In addition to the new bridge, Thomas Pilcher Park was built beneath the southern approach. Pilcher, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Marine Patrol Officer from 1960 to 1986, was an advocate for the care and responsible use of Choctawhatchee Bay.
The new bridge is part of a continuing effort by FDOT to improve safety along a hurricane evacuation route, ease congestion on the U.S. 331 corridor from U.S. 98 to I-10 and encourage economic development opportunities in Walton County.