City leaders are working to begin second phase of Bay Parkway
Panama City Beach city leaders told us they planned to start building the
of Bay Parkway or "Back" Back Beach Road a year ago. However, they haven't broken ground yet and the project may cost more than expected.
The portion would have connected the stretch of road from Pier Park Drive to Nautilus Street.
"I think the budget's probably up. I'm afraid it's going to be up, because with the hurricane everyone has raised their prices,” said Panama City Beach Mayor Mike Thomas.
Thomas said Hurricane Michael delayed the project.
He said many contractors were busy helping locals, businesses and others rebuild after the storm and that drove prices up.
"We're going to advertise and try to get some out of the area people to come in and bid that aren't so busy. See if we could save some money,” said Thomas.
In 2018, city officials said the budget for the project was around $9 million dollars. However, Mayor Thomas said now there is a possibility they could pay $1 million more for the project but he doesn't believe that will happen.
"I don't think it should be anymore. Fuels down, different things are down. I don't know why people are expecting it to be more,” said Thomas.
Thomas also believes they will begin construction on this next phase of "Back" Back Beach Road by March and finish it within 14 to 18 months.
"We're not going to waste any money and we're not going to have it spread out over a great long period of time. It's clean ground they can get in there and clear the right of way and get to work,” said Thomas.