During the height of the busy tourist season one particular spot in South Walton always draws attention.
The intersection of County Roads 30A and 395 is much traveled on any day, but during high tourist season, cars can be stacked up as far back as a half mile in any of the three directions.
According to Louis Svehla, Public Information Manager for Walton Board of County Commissioners, based on last accounts, the annual average daily traffic through that intersection is 15,000 vehicles.
"There are more than 2,000 bicycle/pedestrians through the intersection on a peak season day with the highest peak hour at more than 220 pedestrians," said Svehla.
Walton's BCC officials have wrangled with the decision of what to do about that intersection for months.
At the Feb. 9, 2016 BCC meeting, the Board approved an option known as option 3 for improvement to the intersection.
All options presented at this meeting included a signalized intersection and a left-hand turn lane for the east and southbound approaches, and a right-turn lane for the west and south-bound approaches.
The improvements include realignment of the intersection, turn-lane construction, median installation on CR 395, and traffic signal installation along with the necessary drainage and pedestrian features.
The limits of the project on 30A will be from Thyme Street in old Seagrove to Headland Avenue.
The limits on 395 will be from 30A to the cross drain north of Suzanne Drive. The cross drain will be the outfall for the proposed storm drain system.
The project will also encompass Holly and Azalea Streets, and E. Grove Avenue as required for maintenance of traffic and stormwater improvements necessary for project permitting.
The project will be constructed in two phases. The first phase will include all the improvements on CR 395 and the westbound right-turn lane on 30A, and the second phase will be all improvements on 30A.
County Commission Chair Cecilia Jones said it will take nine months to make changes to the intersection.
"But we need help now," she said. "A connector road would give that dangerous intersection some immediate relief. We are working hard and as fast as we can to relieve this dangerous intersection."
Jones said the new connector road would have to come first because the intersection would have to be closed when its changes are made because of complicated utility issues.
"So, we will need another route to detour traffic," she said.
Reports estimate the time to build a connector road to get cars off 30A would take five years.