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Mid-Bay Bridge, Destin

(2.1/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • Great views and a time saver versus driving around the Bay - and would be even more so during the tourist season.  more »
  • This bridge provides the most direct route across the Choctawhatche Bay to Destin from the mainland. As is becoming all to common this is a toll bridge. Alternative non-toll routes through Freeport (R...  more »
  • Mid-Bay Bridge is a toll bridge and it is best to have a Sunpass when using. Sunpass is a standard in Florida for paying tolls. The traffic on the bridge was light when we used it and the connecting m...  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.