One of Bay Counties busiest streets will be seeing improvements soon.
The county commission approved, Tuesday, Phase 3 of a widening project for Baldwin road.
In 2009, some major improvements were made to Baldwin road from Highway 390 to Harrison avenue, but due to some Department of Transportation budget shortfalls the rest of the project has been on hold until this year.
FDOT approved a grant for over 3 million dollars to fund the project, under the terms the county matches that amount.
The county didn’t have the 3 million dollars to fork over, so they donated the land already owned on the right of way, plus they completed various projects in the community adding a value of about 500,000 dollars to qualify for the grant.
The county commission awarded the project to Roberts and Roberts, inc.
The project will widen Baldwin Road from Harrison Avenue to Minnesota Avenue making it four lanes with added turning lanes at traffic lights, Bike lanes, and a sidewalk on one side of the road.
Commissioner Guy Tunnel is hoping this project will provide some much needed traffic relief to the area.
“The improvement of traffic flow from Harrison Avenue west of 390 has been significant,” said Tunnell. “So, I’m hopefully that the next little bottleneck will see some more improvement.”