Bay County commissioners approved a resolution that will help ease traffic on highway 231, specifically at the intersections of County Road 2321 and State Road 390 on Highway 231.
Residents in the area said they are often concerned about the safety of these roads.
“I’ve seen some bad wrecks now, I really have, and it’s dangerous,” said Gregory Saeker, a Panama City resident.
With this approval, the County can move forward with the process of adding about a mile and a half long bypass road at Titus Road, which will connect to 390.
Bay County Commissioner, Guy Tunnell said the bypass will be helpful for residents in the Deerpoint Lake area that use 2321.
The project will cost the county about three million dollars and will use funds from the half cent sales tax increase.
Bay County Commissioner, Robert Carroll, said the County is also receiving assistance from St. Joe Company.
“They’re donating 12 and a half acres for the roadway project and another two and a half acres for storm water,” he said.
Construction on the new road will begin before 390 is expanded to six lanes, which is concerning to some commissioners, including Tunnell.
“It’s going to put that much traffic on 390 in the immediate vicinity of North Bay Haven High School. We already have a terrific traffic congestion problem around the school right now, and it’s just going to make it worst until such time that 390 is full-laned,” he said.
The County will now move forward with the design phase of the project.