Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY, Florida (WMBB) – Bay County is not Atlanta, but it does have its share of traffic problems.
The biggest problem is a symptom of the county’s success in tourism.
“I think our biggest challenge right now would be Back Beach Road,” said Keith Bryant, Bay County infrastructure manager.
Each summer, the road slows down as tourists and residents try to get to the beach, restaurants and shops. The four-lane highway is designed to accommodate 45,000 cars per day. But Bryant says that number rises to 80,000 during the summer months.
“This hallway around Pier Park is always really crowded, I still think that’s the crux of the matter,” said Bryant.
State, county and Panama City Beach traffic experts are working to expand the highway to six lanes and add more connecting roads.
The next biggest problem is known to locals as the ‘dysfunction junction’. This is the intersection where Harrison Avenue, Highway 231 and US 98 meet.
“There is too much going on in a small area, which is why the only solution to that is a flyover,” said Bryant. “And that’s what the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) has planned.”
Finally, the intersections of Star Avenue, John Pitts Road and Highway 231 frequently present problems.
“It’s sort of the weirdest intersection I’ve seen,” said Bryant. “It’s your turn to go and then it’s my turn to go and it’s just something that has evolved over time, the way the intersection works. “
Traffic officers plan to realign the roadway to hopefully improve traffic flow.
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