The Florida Department of Transportation looks ahead to improve our Panhandle roadways. On Tuesday, they presented their five year plan for counties located in this part of their district.
FDOT Public Information Officer Ian Satter says in this current fiscal year, $400 million is being spent on projects. "We're seeing a lot of funds coming in to this area. They recognize the transportation needs of this area. It is not only for our traveling public, it's good for our economy." Satter says.
Over the next 5 years, more than $3 billion will be spent on projects like a $90 million overpass over Highway 98, near Gulf Coast State College and Port Panama City, a parkway that connects Gulf County to U.S. 231 in Bay County and some other revisions to plans already in the works.
According to FDOT the Governor has emphasized the importance of expanding business in the area, by incorporating our military bases and deep-water ports.
"If we get those goods and services moving from that port, that helps not only the region but the state as well." Satter says.
The FDOT District office is also looking into widening SR 77 and SR 79 to a four-lane highway, but a concrete date has not been set.
Calhoun, Gulf, Washington, Jackson, Holmes and Bay counties were outlined on Tuesday. To see some of the projects in the works, click here.