The groundbreaking ceremony for expansions to PJ Adams Parkway in Crestview scheduled for Monday morning was rescheduled due to stormy weather. Okaloosa County officials don't expect for development to be delayed.
CRESTVIEW — County officials say rescheduling the groundbreaking ceremony for expansions to PJ Adams Parkway won't delay its actual development.
The $15 million project, which aims to tackle traffic congestion, will transform the road from two lanes to four, Christoper Saul, spokesman for Okaloosa County, said.
"It's super important to our commission to improve traffic issues in and around the city of Crestview," he said.
With stormy weather forecasted for Monday morning, County Administrator John Hofstad said the ceremony was postponed to not risk rain taking away from a development that's stemmed from more than a decade of work.
"This project is a momentous milestone for the county,"said Hofstad, who expected the ceremony to be within a couple weeks. "All things considered, we felt it was best to regroup."
According to Saul, the land where the road lies was donated by the Adams family in in the 1980s. At the time, it was used to grow timber.
"It was originally built as a bypass around the city of Crestview, but has since been swallowed back up by the rapid growth of the city," he said.
Saul added that the road was named after PJ Adams, a logger and a "big-wig in the local community."
Looking ahead, he expected the project to take more than two years to complete.
"We don't have an exact date at this moment, but we will very soon," he said. "There is no delay (on construction). I cannot express that enough."