Bay County Transportation Planning Organization holds public workshops

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Bay County Transportation Planning Organization is in the process of preparing their Long Range Transportation Plan, but they wanted to get the public's input on updates to a few road projects before moving forward.

The TPO held its second workshop of the day Monday evening at Gulf Coast State College, to hear from the public on their proposed changes to some upcoming road projects.

There were 13 proposed amendments to various road projects across the county, which are all part of the Long Range Transportation Plan.

Many of the projects dealt with lane expansions, adding connector roads, and splitting projects into different segments.

Some additional proposed changes were updates to the cost of some projects as well as getting state money from additional sources for some of the bigger projects on Highway 231, Back Beach Road, and East Avenue.

Gary Kramer, the Long Range Transportation Plan Project Manager said, "It's mostly updated costs for the Strategic Intermodal System and that's FDOT's major funding source for major projects in our area. Recently additional funds were recently added by FDOT and those funds became available."

The Strategic Intermodal System money from the Florida Department of Transportation is typically reserved for major roadways.

The TPO board will vote on the proposed changes at its next meeting in June.

If you'd like to view the full Long Range Transportation Plan, click the attached document.

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