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45mph Speed Limit Implemented on Panama City Beach Parkway

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If you have a lead foot you may want to tap the brakes when driving on Panama City Beach Parkway. The corridor from the Hathaway Bridge to Highway 79 is now a 45 mile an hour zone. Department of Transportation officials say this is a cautionary measure.

"We have crews that are out here working, large equipment, we have people out on the road that are working and we want to protect them," said DOT Spokesperson Ian Satter. "But, also for the drivers as well driving conditions are changing the road conditions are changing.

The roadway is undergoing improvements that include an addition of several turn lanes, a bike lane, and a state required asphalt resurfacing project.

"These changes are temporary," said Satter. "It is just during the construction phase once the construction is over here on US 98 the speed limits will go back to the normal speed limits."

In the meantime the Department of Transportation stresses to those who use the road regularly to use caution.  

"Conditions can change and they do change and we know that people who drive this corridor everyday are used to it," said Satter. "But, they will see some changes so we just ask that people just to be aware and be cautious and all times."

Construction is set to be finished by winter of 2014.

News13 spoke to Panama City Beach Police Chief Drew Whitman Wednesday and he says they will continue to educate people as to the speed limit changes and want to give people a buffer around the holidays. He says they will be enforcing the speed limit as people become accustomed to the changes.