Thomas Drive Sidewalk Project Moving Forward

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Panama City- Commissioners approved a contract with b-c-l civil contractors with baytowne engineering in the amount of more than 1-million dollars for the Thomas Drive pedestrian facilities project today.

The sidewalks will be on Thomas Drive along a two mile stretch from laird street to near north lagoon drive.

The funding will come from the Florida department of transportation.

Officials say this project is necessary for this part of the city.

"A lot of people use the sidewalks out there and we get a lot of comment on them as we go in. Like I said, they are not an ideal position a lot of time, but we're getting them and it's keeping people off the roads and it really makes it safer out there. It's a good thing for that whole area and try to keep it a little more mobile and out of the street," said Mike Thomas, Bay County Commissioner.

The sidewalks will provide safety for pedestrians including the stretch of sidewalk that will hook into Patronis Elementary School.