The Florida Department of Transportation is creating a Master Plan for the middle section of Interstate-10. It includes Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, and Jackson Counties.
The I-10 Master Plan for the Panhandle was last updated in 1996.
FDOT Officials are looking for your help to outline some long-term plans that are aimed at improving high speed and high volume travel.
On Thursday night, representatives met with citizens in Chipley.
A few dozen came to discuss their concerns. Some have issues about safety and lighting. Others own property and would like to see better access to the interstate.
"Where are people going to stay when they go to Ponce de Leon? There is nothing," said Harold Puderer, who owns property along I-10 in Holmes County. "Economic development starts with some activity from the FDOT and the state, to have the corridors going South and North, leading into the blood stream of I-10."
Puderer who would like to develop some of his property around the interstate would like to see better access with additional exits.
FDOT leaders said as they begin to update the Master Plan, they're listening to concerns like Puderer's and looking at traffic and crash data.
They will hold another meeting in May to share updates and plans. The new Master Plan will be unveiled this summer.
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