DeFuniak Springs, Fla. (WDHN)—The recent four-laning of U.S. Highway 331 from Coastal South Walton County to I-10 is expected to spur residential and business growth.
In Defuniak Springs Wednesday, a ground-breaking ceremony took place for a connector road project which will create easier access to undeveloped land along I-10.
With the turn of dirt, the Walton County 280-A Connector Project officially got underway.
It’s a six-and-a-half million-dollar road near the U.S. Highway 331 and I-10 interchange. It’ll provide a route to
undeveloped lands along the interstate, as well as a proposed Veterans’ Village.
The 2010 census ranked Walton as one of the “fastest” growing counties’ in Florida. Incoming years, the demand for
the land is expected to head north moving into South Alabama.
Walton County Commissioner Danny Glidewell says
“We’re hoping this road will attract businesses, perhaps manufacture and with that more good-paying jobs for our citizens.”
Commission Chairman Bill Chapman says
“Ramrodding the veteran’s village which is off my right shoulder. 200 acres to develop for the veterans. Housing, medical, psychiatrist try to help
Our wounded warriors.”
The cost of the project would have exceeded six-and-a-half million dollars, but the right-of-way necessary
the construction of this project was donated by the surrounding property owners.