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Changes coming to Highway 79 and Front Beach Road, also known as “The Y”

Published: Jun. 19, 2020 at 5:08 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG) -

Traffic in Panama City Beach can be a headache, but relief for one stretch of roadway will be coming soon.

Panama City Beach officials have decided enough is enough with the traffic on Front Beach Road and Highway 79. So, why not change it?

"It's the gateway to Panama City Beach, so getting that road as perfect looking as we can from a beautification standpoint, from our gateway, it's going to enhance the city's view," said Mark Sheldon, Mayor of Panama City Beach.

The goal is to ease congestion for those who live, work and visit Panama City Beach.

"After they finish construction, I think it's going to be better, people will be able to see us more, it'll be more open," said Katherine Eastland, Manager, Moy Wayne O's.

Some buildings- like the Chevron gas station- will be torn down for the project.

"There'll be a contractor coming in there, once the property's taken, they'll go in and they'll have to demolish the land that's there, the properties that are there, then they'll take those and get rid of the debris essentially and then we'll move it forward from there," said Sheldon.

Sheldon said changing The Y will be an improvement, but in the meantime businesses may see fewer customers.

"They're going to be rerouting all of this so we might lose some business, but we're hoping that we don't, we're going to stay open through it," said Eastland.

The city is still looking for a contractor for the project. A date for work to start will be determined after that.

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