Locals come together to make plans to improve Thomas Drive

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach is one the most popular streets in Bay County, but some say it's also one the most difficult roads to drive on.

Locals say Thomas Drive has many cracks and potholes and has even damaged their cars while driving on it. Monday, the Grand Lagoon Coalition met with locals to voice their concerns and come up with ideas to repair the road.

"What we'd like to do is put the utilities underground, add adequate lighting, add a dedicated bike-pedestrian path, and really reinvent the eight miles of Thomas Drive," said Grand Lagoon President Tracy Rudhall.

Grand Lagoon Coalition members say they want to work with city and county leaders to repair Thomas Drive from Highway 98 to Joan Avenue.

Bay County officials said the plan to repair around three miles of Thomas Drive after the city removes pipes from underneath the road. Panama City Beach City Manager Mario Gisbert said the project is currently underway.