Loop Road Project Could Improve Traffic Flow in Panama City Beach

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PANAMA CITY BEACH-- If you're sick of the congestion along Back Beach Road, you're not the only one. The good news is travel in Panama City Beach could soon be flowing a lot faster.

In March, the city council approved that the St. Joe Company go ahead with engineering plans for Loop Road. The first part of the project would allow drivers leaving Pier Park to hop straight on 79 and by pass Back Beach Road.

The eventual goal is a highway that would go from Powerline Road all the way to Nautilus St., or a "Back Back Beach Road."

Mayor Oberst says this is a project Panama City Beach has been needing for a long time.

"We've been talking about building this road for at least 20 years, and it's to the point now where the visitors are not complaining so much about the traffic, it's those of us who live here that are complaining and it's difficult to get from home to work and so forth," said Panama City Beach Mayor, Gayle Oberst.

Mayor Oberst says they are hoping the St. Joe Company will come back with plans in October, then the city council will vote on the project.

If it's approved, construction will start in January of 2016.