PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — Panama city beach is blazing a new path with area roadways and have one million dollars ready to go the city is focusing on improving road conditions.
The city adopted the new improvement plan in June of 2018.
“What they did was, roads normally last somewhere between 15- 25 years. So what we chose was a 20-year span and they gave us a program to replace all of our roads in a 20-year span,” said Panama City Beach City Manager, Mario Gisbert.
The assessment was made by ZHA and Gortemoller engineering. “Someone literally drove every single road and gave it a grade of A, B, C, D or F,” said Gisbert.
He says this will cost the city about $743,000 dollars but all within the street department’s budget. “In 2016, we augmented the budget. We went from $200,000, in 2016 to $500,000 and then I believe in ’17, we went all the way up to a million dollars.”
Gisbert says the new plan is already complete for some roads, as the ‘F’ graded roads are done. He says they’re now getting ready to tackle the ‘D’ graded roads.
And even though this plan will take time, Gisbert says it will continue to improve the city. “Those are the things they’re trying to avoid. The potholes, the loose gravel and the cracks in the road. Once, hopefully, before they get to that bad bad level, we’re in the process of bidding it out for the following year and getting it redone.”
After reviewing multiple bids, GAC Contractors will resurface the roads.
Gisbert says the work will begin at the end of July and will take at least one month.
Roads being repaired this fiscal year include:
- Junipero Avenue
- West Gulf Boulevard
- Sea Oats Drive from Argonaut Street to the end of the recent overlay
- Bid-A-Wee Court
- Bid-A-Wee Lane
- Hibiscus Street
- Beth Street from Hutchison Boulevard to Agave Street
- Laurel Street
- Gulf Side Drive
- Cobb Road (striping entire road only)