There are a lot of unpaved roads in Bay County...236 miles according to the latest traffic count. News 13 is beginning to get more complaints about the condition of one of those roads. Details on what could be on the way in the near future for that road in this Problem Solver.
It is just over a mile. But some drivers who take a section of Tram Road for convenience probably wish they didn't have to. Bay County resident Tricia Cottle says she would like to see improvements and for the county to "put something down so it wouldn't be so rough. Driver Brittany Haney says, "it gets the car dirty. It is bumpy, it is a mess."
It is obvious Tram Road is important to get from Star Avenue to Tyndall Parkway. Everybody we talked to wondered what can be done to make it better. I took that question straight to Bay County.
Assistant County Manger Bob Majka says that Tram Road, "is the next road, as a matter of fact, on the road paving list." It is a major collector road with an average 1,068 daily trips.
One of the reasons it has not been at the top of the list is the Gulf to Bay Parkway project which has been under review. Majka says if funds are allocated for the parkway, that will would include the Tram Road area, the county would be interested in a timeline for that construction. If that does not move forward soon, Tram would be in the discussion for possible paving in next year's years budget. Majka makes it clear how the work would be funded. He says, "We don't utilize property tax revenue for road paving projects. It is the revenue that comes off of gas taxes that pay for that. As that money flows in to the county, through the use of gasoline purchases, that dictates how much revenue is available for those projects."
Majka says talks will take place between now and September to determine the direction of road paving and other projects in Bay County.