The sections of State Road 22 in Springfield and Callaway could one day receive some major improvements. The Florida Department of Transportation is beginning to study the roadway and develop ideas on how it could serve more drivers. The study is just the first stage of what could be years of planning and construction.
"I think people understand a need to widen State Road 22 through these communities. They see the traffic out here. They understand the need," said FDOT Spokesperson Ian Satter.
The department is studying the traffic on a three mile stretch between U.S. Business 98 and Star Avenue.
"We're in the midst of about a two year study to actually study this corridor. From there, we will also move into the design phase so we'll actually come up with a concept for the roadway. That's about a year and a half to two year process," said Satter.
It will also take a few more steps and years before construction could begin to widen the road.
FDOT also has to decide if the project is feasible. They're holding several meetings to speak with the public, including a kick off meeting on Thursday night. Many from the Springfield and Callaway communities came to ask officials questions and share concerns.
The project to widen State Road 22 isn't funded yet. If FDOT decides to move forward, it will take a few years for planning and eventually construction.