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Mid-Bay Bridge, Destin

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The Mid-Bay Bridge is a 141-span, 3.6mi, two-lane toll bridge in Okaloosa County in the Florida Panhandle. It connects U.S. Highway 98 in Destin to State Road 20 in Niceville. The bridge generally runs north-south; the approaches to the bridge carry the State Road 293 designation while the bridge itself carries the TOLL 293 shield.The bridge crosses Choctawhatchee Bay, part of the Intracoastal Waterway. It was constructed in 1992-93, when the Florida Department of Transportation recognized the growing need for a more direct route between the Destin beaches and the mainland for tourists and to assist hurricane evacuation from population centers and resorts on the Gulf of Mexico.There is one toll plaza at the north end of the bridge. As of October 1, 2015, the one way toll for a standard 2-axle vehicle was $4.00. Tolls may be paid with cash or with the SunPass electronic toll system.Mid-Bay Bridge Connector ProjectThe Mid-Bay Bridge Connector is an extension of State Road 293 currently under construction north of the bridge span. The first phase of this project changed the alignment of State Road 293 from White Point Road to a newly constructed divided highway to the east. This highway provides a new grade separated interchange at Lakeshore Drive, providing access to the bridge's administration building and the Maxwell-Gunter Military Recreation Area (Mid-Bay Shores). The first phase of the project opened with a grade separated interchange with State Road 20 in Seminole. This section opened to traffic on May 12, 2011.
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  • To avoid traffic, we chose to take the Mid-Bay Bridge to Destin. There is a $4 toll to use it, but well worth the time saved and frustration of fighting with traffic. It is quite an engineering feat t...  more »
  • "THEY" said, the toll would only last for a short while--until the loan was satisfied. Government got used to the money and not only has the toll not gone away, it's increased 10 fold. 
  • We travelled to Destin from NC on 10/22/16, taking SR 293 (Mid-State Bridge) because that's how our GPS took us. We had visited Destin before, via Hwy 98 from Panama City Beach, but had never driven d...  more »
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  • Any questions you have about tolls throughout the State of Florida can be answered here by the knowledgeable, friendly staff on duty. For those that need to pay their tolls, this is the place to go!
  • Fast easy movement through the toll station. 5 stars for the employees. They are always nice.
  • I'm boycotting this place. They keep raising the toll prices. It's absolutely ridiculous what it costs to go to Destin and back now. I will drive to Ft. Walton from now on.
  • If I could give 0 stars I would but only because the toll keeps going up. Staff is friendly and it's not their fault tolls are ridiculous.
  • Paid coming both into and out of Destin and then a month later get a bill saying I was in a "Sunpass" lane. The part I don't understand is we came to Destin two times this summer and drove this exact way, exact! I'll be taking my complaint higher than someone in a call center. Watch yourself here.