GREAT NEWS! Wildwood Road will get a sidewalk and the local residents should be VERY happy!
Reported today in the local newspaper the News Herald!
Wildwood Road is going to get a sidewalk that is to run along the east side of road. This is such great news for all of us that live at Hibiscus By The Bay and our neighbors as well that use this road. We may no longer have to take our lives in our hands when we bicycle or walk along this road! 😛
Safety have been a major issue when using this road by walking or by bicycle. It is also especially dangerous for those young people that have to get home after the school buses drop them off.
Safety has been an issue along Wildwood Road, located in the unincorporated part of Panama City Beach just west of the Hathaway Bridge. With no sidewalk, pedestrians have been strolling in the road, creating a dangerous situation both for drivers and themselves. The new sidewalk seeks to remedy that problem, running along the east side of Wildwood Road, from Back Beach Road (U.S. 98) to Big Daddy Drive.
“We’re very excited. We’ve been pursuing this project for a number of years,” said Keith Bryant, county traffic engineering manager. “I personally have been pursuing this project for 10 years.”
The County Commission approved the necessary paperwork to receive the funding at its meeting Tuesday. The sidewalk will be about a mile, and work is slated to begin in four to six weeks. The project will take 200 days to finish, Bryant said.
Three years ago I did a bunch of research and interviewed some of the folks that use the road. My research included photos and video. I used that information to create a presentation that I took before the Bay County Commissioners and the Transportation Planning Organization (TPO).
I want to thank a neighbor over at Dolphin Bay, Ali Frohlich for his persistence and help in getting this issue moved up in priority with the Bay County officials.
Three years ago…I sure don’t know if it did any good but maybe it didn’t hurt. 🙂
The sidewalks could be positive for property values and real estate sales. 🙂 A recent study done by NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) suggested,
During the last recession, residential property values performed 42% better on average if they were located near public transportation with high-frequency service.
The study report went on to say,
“Transportation plays an important role in real estate and housing decisions, and the data suggests that residential real-estate near public transit will remain attractive to buyers going forward,” says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “A sound transportation system not only benefits individual property owners, it also creates the foundation for a community’s long-term economic well being.”
“It’s the equivalent of creating housing as desirable as beachfront property,” says APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy. “This study shows that consumers are choosing neighborhoods with high-frequency public transportation because it provides access to up to five times as many jobs per square mile as compared to other areas in a given region.”
Read and learn more here.
I have in this post included some of the photos that I took and presented in the meeting, thinking they conveyed a compelling argument for doing something about the safety issues that exist for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers who use this road.
We are very happy and pleased that this is going to happen! Now we are not trying to be greedy…but it sure would be nice to get a bicycle lane along the road as well!
Thanks to the local residents who helped me and to the Bay County Officials who made this happen!
Please let us know your thoughts…especially if you will appreciate this new sidewalk!
Have a GREAT day! Mike and Vivian Foate