Meeting will be held in Chipley

Published: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 01:04 PM.

CHIPLEY — The state transportation agency is set to unveil its annual five-year infrastructure plan Tuesday in Chipley and is looking for public feedback.

The plan has not been finalized and state officials will work through the weekend to complete the draft, said Ian Satter, spokesman, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). It will essentially be in its final form when presented, but could be altered if FDOT hears a compelling argument.

“Public opinion is very important to the process,” saidSatter, who didn’t know how frequently feedback changes the plan.

Washington County represents just one of 16 counties included in FDOT’s District Three plan. The district stretches across the Panhandle, from Florida’s western end eastward into Jefferson County.

The public hearing will be held in Chipley, with a live feed at FDOT’s local office in Panama City.

FDOT gets feedback from the local municipalities and the county — via the Bay County Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) — throughout the year as it works to update the plan.

A new plan is generated annually, keeping the projects from the last four years and adding new ones for the fifth year. Adjustments can be made to existing projects.

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