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News 13 Checks Traffic Signal and Lighting Issues

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Residents have questions about the operation of a traffic signal.  Also, street lights that no longer work along a Panama City street.  So, they asked News 13 for help.

Highway 390 and Lisenby Avenue in Panama City is a well-traveled intersection.  But, is the traffic signal there operating as it should?  That was brought to our attention recently.

Rebecca Green of Panama City sent us an email and said,"the traffic lights at Highway 390 and Lisenby will only change when a car is at both sides of the road."

News 13 checked it out first hand late last week. On that day and in a few minutes of observing traffic…the signal seemed to work properly.  We contacted Bay County Traffic Engineering just to make sure.  Engineering Manager Keith Bryant told me technicians checked the signal system last Friday.  He said a test reveals the signal is operating as it should... But, it will be monitored to make sure it correctly works consistently.  This is just one of the 180 signals on city, county and state roads maintained by the traffic division. 

Ms Green's next concern is closer to home.  She says.. "they took the street lights out of our side of Lisenby Avenue and have never replaced them since the old airport closed."

You may recall the decorative lights along what used to be the main road leading to the former Panama City - Bay County airport.  Since the airport closed, the lights have not been on.  City officials say the big reason is cost -- about $1,000 per month to keep them lit -- paid by the airport.   But, some residents complain this is dark in the early morning as school children wait for school buses.

News 13 contacted Panama City Public Works.  They tell us even though this area is in unincorporated Bay County…the city owns the road.   Public Works Director Neil Fravel says there is a plan in place to help out.  Some of the older lights have been removed, but at least four new lights will be going up soon to help illuminate the area.  Ten of the remaining decorative lights may back on in the future. Plans for that have been in the works for some time.

One last thing to mention…landscaping in this same area in the middle and both sides of Lisenby had gotten out of hand recently after the old airport closed.  But, the site is now being taken care of once again.  The St. Andrews Bay Land Company has stepped up to maintain the area in the future.