West Bay Parkway - [Update: Preferred Route Chosen]

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  1. GoodWitch58

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    Thanks for posting. This has been in the works for some time. The overall plan for Nortwest Florida's future transportation is extensive. This expressway will add to the momentum generated by the airport and Soutwest Airlines entry to the market.

    Also check out the NWFTCA master plan here - NFTCA

    http://gulfcoastparkway.com

    West Bay Parkway - CR 388 Project - PD&E Study



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    This new, limited-access roadway, in addition to providing easy access to the new airport, is critical for hurricane evacuation.

    http://westbayparkway.com/pdf/West ... Suitability Mapping Technical Memorandum.pdf

     
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    the days of peace and quiet on the beautiful west bay will soon be replaced with jet engines and highway traffic. its amazing what we'll do to get a cheaper plane ticket......
     
  4. Just Curious

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    dang right!!!
     
  5. Smiling JOe

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    NFTCA has all sorts of information on not just this stretch of proposed roads, but many major proposed roads throughout NW Florida. There are maps, with labels, and priority lists, along with estimated costs, etc. -- truly eye-opening.

    The map below shows the Gulf Coast Parkway proposed roads. Notice the connection of alternative corridor 8 and 17 into Hwy 388, which will basically allow people to go from South Walton to Mexico Beach, bypassing Panama City and Panama City Beach. If you look at the other NFTCA maps, you will see all kinds of alternative routes being proposed and planned.

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    about how many miles is the new airport to seaside or watercolor? thanks
     
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    How heavenly it would be to zip over to Pt. St. Joe and Apalachicola without driving through PCB- which seems to be the majority of the drive!
     
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    how do you measure? as the crow flies? current shortest drive? future planned shortest proposed route?
     
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    In the Gulf Coast Parkway map, which I posted above, I think there is something implied by that particular map showing the extension of 388 to the west, being only one "proposed Gulf Coast Parkway extension." I believe that is the route which would come out on Side Camp Road in WaterSound.
     
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    Yes, and also a major shortcut to Hwy 20 and/or I-10 when heading to/from Tallahassee! :cool:
     
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    And the relaxing sound of jet engines as you sit on the back porch sipping cocktails.
     
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    And you will have absolutely no excuse to not come sip cocktails with me, as suddenly your house will be about 20 miles closer to mine. :D
     
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    West Bay Parkway Meeting 6/23/11

    The expressway to the aiport is something we've reported here before and keeping an eye on. Check out the interactive map on the project website to see proposed routes.





    COUNTY ROAD 388 / WEST BAY PARKWAY, SEGMENT 1, PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING District: Three
    Meeting Type: Meeting
    Date: Thursday, June 23, 2011
    Time: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
    Location Name: Christian International Ministries Fellowship Hall
    Street Address: 5200 US Highway 98 East
    City: Santa Rosa Beach
    Directions: Directions
    Purpose:
    Santa Rosa Beach Meeting
    The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) invites you to attend a public meeting concerning improvements to CR 388 (West Bay Parkway, Segment 1) from US 98 in Walton County to SR 79 in Bay County [Financial Project Identification Number: 424464-1-22-01 and 424464-2-22-01]. Two meetings will be held, one in Panama City Beach and the other in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
    The proposed West Bay Parkway, Segment 1 project, will extend CR 388 and provide a new four-lane, divided highway and potentially a new high-level bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW). The PD&E Study will evaluate several alignment options north of existing State Road (SR) 30A (US 98). At the west end of the project, the study will determine the best location for the intersection with SR 30A (US 98) between CR 30 and CR 395 in Walton County. At the east end of the project, the study will determine the best location for the intersection with SR 79 in Bay County. The proposed extension is estimated to be between 11.5 and 19.0 miles long, depending on the alternative alignment selected. Seven alternative alignments will be presented at the meeting.
    These Public Meetings are being held in order to inform the public of the project progress and schedule, and to receive input on the project’s seven alternative alignment options. Aerial maps will be on display and project representatives will be on hand before and after the presentations to discuss the project and answer questions. Comment sheets will be collected at the meetings.
    Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Brandon Bruner at least seven days prior to the meeting.

    Project Web Site: West Bay Project Web Site
    Primary Contact: J. Brandon Bruner, P.E., FDOT Project Manager
    Primary Phone: 850-415-9625
    Primary E-Mail: joseph.bruner@dot.state.fl.us
    Additional Contact: Tommie Speights, District Three Public Information Director
    Additional Phone: 888-638-0250, ext. 208
    Additional E-mail: tommie.speights@dot.state.fl.us
    Expires: 6/28/2011
     

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    The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is proposing a new four-lane roadway, approximately 24 miles in length, referred to as the West Bay Parkway. The engineering firms of H.W. Lochner, Inc. and PBS&J have teamed together and are under contract with FDOT to conduct a Project Development & Environment (PD&E) study for the proposed West Bay Parkway (CR 388 Extension). During this study, potential locations for the new roadway will be identified and analyzed to document the impacts (both positive and negative) of the alternatives that are developed.

    The overall project limits are from US 98 (SR 30) east of Peach Creek in Walton County to SR 77 in Bay County; however, the project will be divided into two segments (refer to the project map), with each segment having its own PD&E study. For more details on the segments of the project, please go to the "Project Overview" page of this website.

    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.

    One of the first steps in identifying potential locations for the new roadway is to develop alternative corridors (which vary in widths from 500 to 1,000 feet). Through the utilization of Land Suitability Mapping (LSM), the project team has identified nine alternative corridors for Segment 1 and eight alternative corridors for Segment 2. These alternative corridors are currently under review and are being analyzed. To learn more about the LSM process and how these corridors were developed, please click on the LSM Technical Memorandums on the side menu.

    Since the actual right-of-way required for West Bay Parkway (a range of between 150 and 350 feet, depending on the type of roadway that is ultimately selected) will be much less than the corridor widths, potential locations for the roadway can be developed within the corridors during the next phase of the PD&E study.
     
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    West Bay Parkway

    Went to a meeting tonight for the West Bay parkway www.westbayparkway.com. This is a road from the airport in Panama City to Walton County. Donnie Bush of Bruce, speaking during the public comment section, stated that most of the alternative routes would have a negative impact on the Ivory Billed Woodpecker and likely cause it's demise in this part of the world. He had pictures and gave me one. There will be more public meeting on the project in the future. The only alternatives that would not impact the bird is route#2 or the no build option.

    Edit- Just went to the website and the maps there are different than what was presented.
     
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    Thanks for the update. Has the existence of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker been confirmed?

    [I decided to look it up]...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivory-billed_Woodpecker
    http://www.birds.cornell.edu/ivory/
    So is habitat destruction prohibited even if it is potential habitat?
     
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    Donnie Bush who spoke during the public comment section gave me a photo of the bird he saw. It looks like an ivory bill to me from the head, distinct black on top red on the side http://www.fws.gov/ivorybill/images/Sibley-art-for-web.gif. The map you have posted is not what was presented at the meeting. The northern most segment green on your map has been eliminated. That route did not have a connector to 30A. The remaining alternatives dump traffic on 98 north of St. Joe's property so to get to 30A St. Joe can build a road through, or adjacent, to their golf course or use the exiting road they have. No build was mentioned as an option and hopefully will be the ultimate outcome.
     
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    The possible ivory billed is only one of many endangered species in the area whose habitats can impact road-building. There's a proposed Hurlburt bypass road to the west that's gotten pushed back indefinitely because of endangered salamander habitat concerns.
     
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    soappedaler, please post the photo of the ivory billed woodpecker. I would love to see it. I've always kept that bird in the back of my mind, and my camera poised, ready to shoot if I'm lucky enough to see one. I think any decent real photo would be worth several hundred thousand dollars to the photographer as it would surely hit National Geographic.
     
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