Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) – Panama City Beach City leaders are considering new measures to improve crosswalks.
According to the Panama City Beach Fire Department’s emergency dispatch logs, 24 pedestrian incidents on Front Beach Road were recorded from January 1, 2019 through September. 24, 2019 with 22 injured.
90% of these incidents occurred between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
Councilor Paul Casto has acknowledged that much of the 54 mid-block crosswalks on Front Beach Road need some technological upgrades, and he hopes council can work to correct the current issues to increase security at all levels.
“You can expect to see a better lit crosswalk area with high tech and LED lighting in the asphalt and on signage with a bit more visibility,” Casto said.
The council is even considering adding sloping medians as another level of protection for pedestrians.
Currently, most of the areas along Front Beach Road are state-owned, but the city is in the process of taking them back and redeveloping them, ensuring that the worst areas see the fastest results.
“Our staff are currently ranking these crosswalks in order of the most dangerous and where they have had the most accidents, we will try to get them up on the list to have them done within the next 5 years,” Casto said. .
Improvements can range from $ 20,000 to $ 30,000 per crosswalk. The project will be funded by the Community Redevelopment Agency.
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