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Panama City Commission to Consider Road Projects

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Hot topics discussed at Tuesday night's commission meeting may affect your every day commute. One of the first subjects of note on Panama City's agenda will be future resurfacing project to roads in Panama City.

Annually, Panama City does resurfacing work on streets needing improvement. The city picks roads based on aging and other factors. Public Works Director Neil Fravel says these improvements may be of inconvenience for a few days but they are necessary.

"Asphalt streets wear out," said Fravel. "They crack and periodically they just need maintenance and this is pretty extreme major maintenance by the time we are done overlaying an existing road."

Fravel says residents could see construction for this project as early as May.

Also listed on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting is the decision to award construction for the first of a three phase marina project to L&R contracting.

The first phase will cost the city around $2.2 million and will include re-striping parking lots.

In addition, another $86,000 will be spent moving the Ice House from Panama City's Marina.

Fravel says this move is to make room for the sea wall project necessary to construct a lighthouse at the marina.

"We are going to take the ice house and move it down to the St. Andrews Marina where most of the commercial boats already are," said Fravel. "The commercial boats are the ones that primarily use the ice that the ice house turns out."

Also added late on the agenda, the consideration of an agreement between Bay County and Panama City for the funding of a road project.

The road work would take place between Jenks Avenue from 23rd Street to Baldwin.

The road would be taken from a two lane road to a five lane road with a center turning lane

Panama City officials told news13 they view it as an important project connecting previous projects to county construction on Baldwin road.

Tuesday night's regular commission meeting starts at 4 o'clock at Panama City City Hall.