Neighborhood reacts to U.S. 98 roadwork deliberate by FDOT – Information – Panama Metropolis Information Herald


CALLAWAY — A proposed new roadway would make journey instances to Mexico Seashore and Port St. Joe quicker, in keeping with the Florida Division of Transportation.

The Gulf Coast Parkway is meant to alleviate site visitors, with the broad scheme to attach Mexico Seashore and U.S. 98 after which U.S. 98 and Callaway, in keeping with FDOT Public Data Specialist Adam Rose.

“I imagine it’ll alleviate lots of site visitors on 98,” stated Rose. “We’re hoping lots of people will likely be utilizing this. It’ll make a faster run for anybody going from (U.S.) 231 down Mexico Seashore as an alternative of getting to drive all the best way round or taking again roads or dust roads or no matter.”

Throughout one phase of the mission, a brand new two-lane rural roadway from Tyndall Parkway to Star Avenue will likely be constructed, and design enhancements will embrace a 10-foot multi-use path, new signalization at Tyndall Parkway and Star Avenue intersections and connection to Tram Street north of the Veteran’s Affairs Nursing Dwelling, FDOT said in a information launch.

Gulf Coast Parkway from U.S. 98 to Star Avenue is funded for right-of-way acquisition and building, and bids for building will likely be obtained in summer season 2021, in keeping with the discharge. FDOT doesn’t at present have related data for the remainder of the mission.

Bay County Commissioner Invoice Dozier stated he thought the deliberate roadwork will “work effectively for Bay County” in the event that they “construct it as it’s.”

“I do know they’ve finished lots of research behind it,” Dozier stated throughout a public data assembly FDOT hosted Thursday on the Callaway Arts and Convention Middle. “It’s going to be a highway that individuals will be capable of use from Gulf County as they’re touring by means of to Bay County. I imagine it’s going to be very constructive for us.”

Nevertheless, Bay County resident Kelly Kirvin stated she has combined emotions concerning the mission as a result of it might have an effect on her property worth and journey to work, and put a freeway in her yard.

“We moved out within the nation to be within the nation. It impacts us in a few alternative ways,” stated Kirvin. “I like the thought of with the ability to get to Mexico Seashore and Port St. Joe faster with out having to go all the best way round to undergo Tyndall (Air Power Base) or all the best way to undergo Wewahitchka. I believe, for me, I’ve actually combined emotions.”

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