Back Beach Road Resurfacing Project

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Confusion is the first word that comes to mind for many commuters driving along Back Beach Road at the west end of Panama City Beach these days.

The beginnings of a resurfacing project there have left the roadways ripped up, turning lanes in disrepair, and lane markings in the wrong place.

"We've seen a lot of people get speeding tickets, and on the same day at least four or five accidents on this highway," says Rick Fuller, who lives and works on Back Beach Road.

The Department of Transportation is not only resurfacing the seven-mile stretch of Back Beach Road. They also have plans to rip up a number of medians along the way. There seems to be too many. State law requires a quarter of mile between each median.

When all is said and done there will be new turning lanes and new pavement, so most say they can handle all the noise and confusion.

"It's necessary if it's going to improve something in the long run," says Ed McAuliff, who works off of Back Beach Road.

"We might lose some business, but in the long run it's going to benefit the entire area," says Fuller.

Department of Transportation officials say it will take approximately 145 days to complete the seven-mile resurfacing project.