A section of State Road 77 in Bay County is getting a major face-lift this year. The Florida Department of Transportation will begin the $4.5 million resurfacing project in February.
The portion from U.S. 231 in Panama City to the Bailey Bridge in Lynn Haven will be milled and repaved. Construction crews are also adding new sidewalks and signage and replacing curbs and gutters.
The project will impact drivers on an already congested road through both cities. In an effort to minimize any impacts, lanes will only be closed essentially while it's dark, and at least one lane will remain open in both directions while crews repave sections of the road.
Panama City and Lynn Haven Commissioners know there are going to be some headaches but said they're on board with the state-funded project.
"Lynn Haven has grown quite a bit in years, and there is more growth that's going to take place so we're looking at this as just part of improving the infrastructure to prepare for that growth that's going to come," said Lynn Haven Commissioner Antonius Barnes.
"Be aware. Slow down. Remember progress is slow, but progress is always a better activity than what we have. We're always looking forward to the future," said Panama City Commissioner Kenneth Brown.
If you travel through this portion of S.R. 77, you'll start to notice construction signs going up in the next week or two. Crews will start construction in February and plan to wrap up in the Fall.
Also, speeding fines are doubled in construction zones when workers are present.
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