For more than 3 years, the Florida Department of Transportation’s been planning a new roadway connecting Gulf and Bay county. 

A 36 mile long roadway called the Gulf Coast Parkway will connect Highway 98 in Gulf County with US 231 in Bay County.

It will provide another route for those traveling from the Mexico Beach are or Gulf County to Panama City.

The project’s first phase will constuct a two mile roadway from Star Avenue to Highway 98.

Next Thursday night, the Florida Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing to get your input on the first phase.

“I want to get their input so when the final design is finished, its something that we’re happy with as agency, but also the people who live work and travel through that area will also be able to understand, have [give] their input, appreciate, and give their blessing for what we’re doing as well,” FDOT spokesperson, Ian Satter, said. 

The meeting is Thursday, February 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Callaway Arts and Conference center.

Construction will begin in 2021 and it’s estimated the whole project will cost about $16 million.