A South Walton roadway will soon shift to a one-way street along with adding additional parking.
Hotz Avenue, south of County Highway 30A in Grayton Beach, was recently awarded a 75-day construction contract that will begin on Dec. 17.
Louis Svehla, Walton County spokesman, said the project will remove asphalt, add drainage and water purification systems and repave the street.
"What led to the project being done is kind of three-fold, one is stormwater issues in that area, one is traffic in that area — especially in season, and the third is water quality and trying to improve water quality down there at Western Lake," Svehla said.
He said the water quality at Western Lake wasn't terrible, but could be improved with additional treatment components. Water levels of the lake often fluctuate as a byproduct of the coastal climate, commonly leading to water runoffs.
"It benefits us top to bottom," Svehla said. "Anytime we can fix stormwater, it's big for us, environmentally it's going to be fantastic for that area and for that lake."
Svehla also said parking spots will be installed on each side of Hotz Avenue, organizing parking on the road and keeping people from crudely parking along the street.
"(The project) is supported by the majority of people that live in that area. Not just the businesses, not just the residents, but (both) for the most part believe turning that into a one-way road will help with traffic and congestion in that area," Svehla said.