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FDOT lighting project to improve safety

Post Date:05/01/2019 2:00 PM

 pedestrian crosswalk

The City of Panama City Beach would like to inform all residents, visitors and commuters of a state lighting project that will improve safety for those on Front Beach Road and Panama City Beach Parkway inside the city limits.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is installing upgraded pedestrian lighting on Panama City Beach Parkway and Front Beach Road, which will allow greater visibility of pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the busy roadways. These lights will illuminate pedestrians as they cross the roadway within the crosswalks.

FDOT has prioritized the project in an effort to improve safety to pedestrians and drivers. FDOT Public Information Specialist Adam Rose said the lighting is an upgrade from high pressure sodium lights to LED lights. The LED lights provider a higher light quality and are energy efficient. They have a longer lifespan and lower maintenance costs.

Design for both lighting projects has been completed. The Panama City Beach Parkway project runs from State Road 79 east to Richard Jackson Boulevard and includes six intersections. Those with improved lighting include the intersections with Pier Park Drive, Hills Road, Nautilus Street, Clara Avenue, Alf Coleman Road and Richard Jackson Boulevard.

The Front Beach Road projects begins at State Road 79 east to Laurie Avenue and includes 11 intersections. Improved lighting will be installed at the intersections of Front Beach Road and State Road 79, Pier Park Drive, Hills Road, Argonaut Street, Hutchison Boulevard, Clara Avenue, Alf Coleman Road, M.B. Miller Pier, Allison Avenue, Joan Avenue and Laurie Avenue.

The Panama City Beach Parkway project started this spring and should be completed by mid-summer. Front Beach Road will begin this summer and be completed by late summer.

Work on the pedestrian lighting project has been slow due to a shortage of and an increased demand for poles since Hurricane Michael.

There were 27 incidents received by the PCB Police Department of pedestrian or bicyclists being struck on Panama City Beach Parkway or Front Beach Road last year, with 18 involving injuries.

Public Information Officer Debbie Ward can be reached at dward@pcbgov,com or (850) 233-5100, Ext. 2261.