Asphalt has a life span and needs to be replaced before pot holes and cracking occur. The DOT project on Panama City Beach aims to resurface asphalt from Heather drive to the Thomas Drive overpass along with some pedestrian improvements.
Sidewalks will be added to the southern part of Highway 98 between Alf Coleman and Powell Adams road.
Right turn lanes will be constructed at the North Beach Way Intersection and Moylan Road Intersection and a left turn lane will be added at Colina drive.
DOT spokesperson Ian Satter says any project done by the Department of Transportation looks at many angles for improvements.
"Well, whenever we do a project we are looking at two things," said Satter. "We want to improve safety and we want to ease congestion. So, those are two things we are looking at with this project.
"We are going to add some pedestrian improvements, we are going to add some bicycle safety improvements, and the resurfacing of the road with enhance the safety of that roadway for years to come."
The extensive resurfacing project is set to be finished in Fall of 2014.