Department of Transportation Goes Before TPO Board

By: Brian Greig Email
By: Brian Greig Email

The Bay County Transportation Planning Organization is talking about the Department of Transportation's five year plan for area roads.

The D-O-T announced an additional $300 million for panhandle road projects over the next five years.
Wednesday afternoon DOT officials issued tentative construction dates and timetables for obtaining right-of-ways with the TPO members.

One of the major projects is the widening of Highway 390 from 23rd Street to Highway 231. The first 2-phases of the project are expected to begin in 2017 and the third phase in 2018.

TPO Chairman Rodney Friend was excited about the news that the projects are finally getting some real traction, "Beyond 390, we had some great news today. We had Secretary Barefield come down and share some that news from the Florida Department of Transportation. And what that is, it all ties in to what we've all, as elected officials, and as the TPO Board, have been working hard to do is to get some of that funding for some of those projects that are on our long range plan and on our tips."

The TPO also met with Bay Town Trolley officials and their consulting firm on design plans for the old County Maintenance yard they bought from Bay County. It will be the future home for the trolleys and Bay Transportation vehicles.

Friend added, "Within a year we'll certainly start seeing some movement there. There are some grants associated with that and those grants require timelines."

The T-P-O is hoping to make the depot more public and employee friendly for doing business.

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