Council members hear report from FDOT on Highway 77 project

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 02:40 PM.

The council also heard a brief presentation on the proposed routes of Highway 77 through or around downtown Chipley when the four-laning process of the highway finally makes it this far.

Florida Department of Transportation District 3 Secretary Tommy Barfield and Blair Martin, intermodal systems development manager for the FDOT, reviewed the possible routes that had been determined in 2006 at public hearings in Chipley.

“This has not been funded,” Barfield said, “but it would be a good time to pick this back up and update the study on the alternatives.”

The most popular alternative was identified as Alternative Route 5, which took Highway 77 west of downtown Chipley.

“This route would include an overpass at the railroad which would be good for emergency vehicles,” Martin said.  Martin noted that traffic in Chipley along Highway 77 will have doubled by 2030 compared to the 2005 study numbers.

“Route 5 is the best alternative for our traffic,” the mayor said.

Barfield said the next step was for the city to write the DOT a letter asking them to return to the study. Martin said the cost of a new study would be $1.5 to $2.5 million and would take about two years to complete.

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