Meeting will be held in Chipley

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

The new plan will run from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2019, based on the state’s fiscal year.

Though largely a formality, the head of FDOT must sign off on the plan and the Florida Legislature must approve it during the 2014 session.

The county has not seen the draft, but is hoping the widening of State 390 between 23rd Street and State 77 will be included in the plan, said Keith Bryant, county traffic engineering manager. The two-lane road, which runs in and around northern Panama City, road is consistently congested during rush hour.

“The TPO would love to see it in the work plan,” Bryant said.

In Bay County, funding a bridge over Laird Bayou on County 2297 in Allanton is another top priority, Bryant said. A causeway supported by box culverts acts as a bridge currently, but it’s ineffective. The road leads out to the Eastern Shipbuilding yard and gets plenty of semi-truck traffic.

The county already paid for design work for a new bridge and wants to see construction dollars in the plan, Bryant said. The county also wants money to put another layer of asphalt on Star Avenue between U.S. 231 and State 22. The asphalt, technically called a “friction course,” would provide a better surface for tires, he said.

The county’s top project in the plan already is the U.S. 98 flyover, which will elevate the road over the traffic jam-inducing 23rd Street intersection. The project is set to finish in 2015.

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