The Florida Department of Transportation will shift westbound traffic on temporary U.S. 98 from east of Brown Avenue to east of the Hathaway Bridge to permanent U.S. 98 beginning 8 p.m. Friday.

BAY COUNTY — Traffic coming from the east and headed to Panama City Beach and beyond is set to be shifted on Friday, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

The FDOT will shift westbound traffic on temporary U.S. 98 from east of Brown Avenue to east of the Hathaway Bridge to permanent U.S. 98 beginning 8 p.m. on Friday, a news release stated. The change is the next step in completion of the long-awaited 23rd Street flyover project.

“Southbound 23rd Street traffic will utilize the ramp system to access permanent westbound U.S. 98,” a news release stated. “Westbound U.S. 98 motorists will experience no traffic signals between Michigan Avenue in Panama City and Woodlawn Drive in Panama City Beach.”

Construction crews through Sunday will also reconfigure temporary U.S. 98 to allow eastbound U.S. 98 and northbound 23rd Street traffic to continue without interruption.

“Motorists traveling temporary eastbound U.S. 98 will encounter continuous left turn lanes onto 23rd Street and the railroad crossing is operational,” the release stated. “The traffic signal at Seaport Drive and temporary U.S. 98 remains in effect and an additional traffic signal is operational at the Collegiate Drive and westbound U.S. 98 ramp intersection.”

While progress is being made, the project's completion date has slipped into next year.

In January, the project was slated for completion in the fall of this year.

"The project is scheduled for completion in early 2020," Ian Satter, spokesman for the FDOT, wrote in a Wednesday email to The News Herald. "Weather delays have extended the deadline."

Work on the $69.9 million 23rd Street flyover project started in January 2016. Once finished, the project will raise U.S. 98 over 23rd Street, Collegiate Drive, Seaport Drive and the Bayline Railroad to improve movement through the intersections. Included in the project are bicycle lanes, sidewalks, traffic signal and lighting upgrades and improved access to Port Panama City, Gulf Coast State College and Florida State University Panama City.