"We have assumed the tie-in for 30A would be east of Seagrove, likely near Ryan Street. As for 395, we have been assuming a tie-in location north of the Nature Walk Community."

Atkins Engineering will present Phase II of its evaluation of an alternate road off Walton County Road 30A to the Walton County Commission on July 31.

The presentation is an extension of the first study that was presented to commissioners, who directed Atkins to do more study on the route designated Alternate 4.

Alternate 4 is an east-west route that would run east of County Road 395 and connect to County Road 395.

During the traffic study, Atkins said Alternate 4 provided the most immediate relief to traffic in Seagrove Beach and Seaside.

During the current phase and what will be discussed at the commission's July 31 meeting, Atkins will recommend an appropriate environmental process to follow.

"The actual recommendation at this point is that the county should follow the state's Project Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) process," said John Fielding, Atkins' senior transportation engineer. "Since the board recommended further exploration of Alternate 4, the PEIR process would focus on a connection east of Seagrove to north of Nature Walk, determining if this is feasible, and if so, what the least impactful alternative is."

It has not been determined where Alternate 4 may or may not connect to CR 30A and 395.

"At this point, we are still working on assumptions," Fielding said. "For the purpose of a general estimate of impacts, we have assumed the tie-in for 30A would be east of Seagrove, likely near Ryan Street. As for 395, we have been assuming a tie-in location north of the Nature Walk Community. These locations are just preliminary guesses for the purposes of quantifying how much impact a road might incur. Actual tie-in locations and everything that happened in between would be determined through a lengthy analysis of impacts, public coordination and agency coordination."

Phase II of the study process examined the potential constraints and impacts that may be incurred by further developing the recommendations of the previous report. The outcome of Phase II is to recommend the appropriate process to further develop potential alternatives.

The study determined the least impact on natural lands and wildlife was an additional outlet to U.S. Highway 98.

Map constraints are the forestry lands, residential developments, existing road networks, wetlands, floodplains and critical habitat.

Alternate 4 could be designed to accept speeds up to 55 mph, according to the preliminary study.

Land impacted would be 3.19 miles.

It would offer improved access to CR 395, improved emergency services response times and the least amount of environmental impact, according to the study.

The County Commission meeting will be at 1 p.m. at the South Walton Annex in Santa Rosa Beach.