New Sidewalks Promote Safety In PCB

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration survey shows Florida is the deadliest state for pedestrians.

Tourism, mild weather conditions, and rapid development are some of the reasons.

Bay County has one of the highest pedestrian accident rates in the state, and the Department of Transportation is working to change that.

Along with repaving projects, parts of Back Beach Road in Panama City are getting sidewalks.

Sidewalks are already in place along Back Beach Road just west of Pier Park.

These new sidewalks will stretch from Powell Adams Road, east to R. Jackson Boulevard along the south side of the road.

A spokesperson for the Department of Transportation, Ian Satter, says the sidewalks will help with the flow of traffic during the high tourist season.

The road work along highway 98 is estimated to be complete in 2014.