The West Bay Parkway PD&E Study will be divided into two segments (refer to the map on the inside of the handout containing more information on the project, available HERE), with each segment having its own PD&E study. Segment 1 project limits are from US 98 (SR 30) in Walton County, east of Peach Creek, to SR 79 in Bay County, in the vicinity of CR 388. Segment 1 will consider various alternative alignments where the roadway could be located. These alignments will include controlled and limited access alternatives. The alternatives developed will be presented to obtain design approval for a new four-lane roadway alignment with a bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway. The findings of the PD&E Study for Segment 1 will be documented in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and submitted to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for approval.
The project limits for Segment 2 are CR 388 from SR 79 to SR 77 in Bay County. Segment 2 will consider improvement alternatives along and near the existing CR 388 corridor, along with alternatives on new alignment for the intersections at SR 77 and SR 79. The findings of the PD&E study for Segment 2 will be documented and submitted to FHWA for approval in the form of an Environmental Assessment (EA).
The benefits of the new facility include improving mobility and interconnectivity in the regional transportation network and enhancing traveler safety. Additionally, the improvements will provide better access to the new Panama City-Bay County International Airport, improve hurricane evacuation and emergency response capabilities, promote economic development in the region, and increase capacity and relieve existing and anticipated traffic congestion, particularly along the US 98 corridor.
A comparative analysis of the alternatives, including the No-Build alternative (no roadway improvements), will be conducted to determine the alternatives that best meet future transportation needs while minimizing impacts to the socioeconomic, natural, and physical environment. This analysis, together with input received from the public, will serve to develop the best alternative to meet your community's transportation needs.