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New Mid-Bay Connector opens but at a cost
A new bypass opens tomorrow in Okaloosa County.
The Mid-Bay Bridge Connector is supposed to speed the way between Niceville and Destin.
But it comes at a cost.
"It's finally finished "The Mid-Bay Connector" and people are calling it the fastest way to Destin, but is it worth the money?"
Drivers in the northern end of Okaloosa County will now be able to avoid 14 traffic lights on Highway 20 in Niceville.
And the roads in Nicevlle will see less congestion..
But the toll to the connector has many people saying they will boycott the new bypass.
"I'll find another way."
Drivers already pay 3-dollars to travel the Mid-Bay Bridge..
2-dollars with a Sun Pass.
The toll booth on the connector will be electronic..
Drivers with a Sun Pass will only pay a dollar.
Others will pay a 1.50 by using the new Toll by Plate program.
A picture of your license plate will be taken and an invoice will be sent to you in the mail at the end of the month.
This new method will keep traffic moving
Dale Henderson "That's the first time I had heard about the cost as far as the bypass I would've just assumed it was a free bypass around Niceville, but for that kind of money I don't know if it is worth it to me to miss those lights."
Drivers could potentially pay 9-dollars round trip.
Ryan Dollin "I think it's too much. I mean everything else is expensive enough as it is, another $9 for a round trip it's too much."
"Opening Day celebrations will include a 5K run right here on the connector."