390 Expansion Project Progress

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. - It's known as one of the busiest roads in Bay County. After years of planing, there is finally evidence of the 390 expansion. If you drive along 390 during rush hour, you know that the traffic can be a nightmare. That won't last long because starting this September, two lanes will soon become six as a result of the 390 expansion project.

"That's the segment that will go from Baldwin to Jenks Avenue- we'll start that segment first. Move on to our second segment which will be from Jenks to state road 77 next year and following the year after that we'll begin the final segment from 23rd street to Baldwin avenue," said Florida Department of Transportation Spokesperson Ian Satter.

But what comes with the expansion is a lot of change for businesses along 390.

"We've negotiated with the businesses along here to help them find hopefully another location they can open up shop at as well. We don't want to have to shut down businesses, we wan to work with them so they can continue to do business here in Bay County but at the same time we do have an expansion project we have to do as well which will also spur economic growth in the area," said Satter.

Brock Pest and Lawn Control moved to a new location on Ohio avenue as a result of the project, but don't mind what they call, an upgrade.

"The state needed the property we had over there. Due to our rapid growth rate we found this place and found it suitable for what we were needing," said Vice President of Operations at Brock Pest and Lawn Control Jim Strickland. 

Other businesses along 390 are already closed like Tropical Smoothie and the Shell gas station. CVS on the corner of 390 and 77 will eventually have to shut down as well but Walgreens will remain open. The first phase of the project that will begin this fall is estimated to cost 15 million dollars. 

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