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.Spence ParkwayThe Spence Parkway is an, 11-mile, limited access, 2-lane, separately tolled highway that connects the north end of the Mid-Bay Bridge with SR 85 immediately north of Niceville. Interchanges at SR 85, SR285, Forest Road and SR 20 allow easy access from Interstate 10 to Niceville, Destin, Miramar Beach, and communities East of Niceville along SR 20. The new Parkway provides considerably shorter travel times by avoiding 13 traffic signals along the previous route through Niceville on SR 20. Additionally, the hurricane evacuation routes from all of south Okaloosa County and western Walton County have been significantly improved. The Spence Parkway is tolled separately from the Mid-Bay Bridge and utilizes “all electronic open-road tolling” that allows customers to pay tolls without slowing down or stopping. Tolls are collected with SunPass transponders or by using a new TOLL-BY-PLATE program being implemented statewide by Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise.
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  • I'm undecided how I feel about the bridge. It is a beautiful scene when driving across it. The bridge itself is super nice. I think $4 per axle is a bit pricey. And, although we had no issues, it seem...  more »
  • Fastest way to Destin except on Saturday during summer. Just take longer at the tool booth with all of the tourist.  more »
  • Made the mistake of taking this route to get from I-10W to Hwy 30A. $4 per axle is too much when you're pulling a trailer. Nothing about this bridge is either more scenic or that much faster to make i...  more »
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  • Honestly, if you need to get to Destin quickly. This is the way to go! Staff there are world class at customer service! Do not blame them for the toll prices! If you don't want to pay the toll to turn on the toggle in your GPS to "avoid tolls" and you will spend your time and gas going another way!
  • We are locals and have to pay a small fortune every month just to go to work. :(
  • It's a easy way to get to Destin and the beautiful beaches and many places to shop and great sight seeing active for the family.
  • Staff was very helpful with Sun pass questions and accounts.
  • Nice lady manning the desk. Good method of after hours check in.

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Most of Destin’s vacation accommodations are hotels, motels, and high-rise condominiums. For a luxury vacation stay, you can find a number of large houses located along the coast. Not only do these properties boast superb sea views, but many are within easy walking distance of the beach and some of the city’s best restaurants and bars. Pitch a tent at a local campsite to save a few dollars and take advantage of the Emerald Coast’s mild weather.
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