Jenks Avenue widening project now a reality

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A project that has been years in the making in Panama City is finally becoming a reality.

Construction on the widening of Jenks Avenue is officially underway. The project is expected to cost about $5.4 million and will take Jenks Avenue from two lanes to four lanes with a turn lane in the middle. This will happen between 23rd Street and Baldwin Road.

Panama City officials say this is something that is needed because of the traffic congestion in the area. The project has been a long time coming, and severe weather events like the flooding in Louisiana and Hurricane Matthew pushed the project back even more. Local utility workers dedicated their time the last several months to those victims.

Work will start on the east side of the road first. The project is expected to be completed by June 2017.