Many of the bridges across our county are structurally deficient, too narrow or weak to support heavy traffic, or prone to flooding during heavy rainfall. The half-cent sales tax would allow for needed repairs to these bridges to make them safer and more useful for residents and visitors.
In order to reduce traffic congestion and increase traffic flow through the county, many roadways need to be widened or expanded to include connection roads. Additionally, certain areas of the community are subject to water outages and pressure loss due to outdated cast-iron pipes, hindering fire protection and economic development.
Many intersections throughout Bay County are not sufficiently equipped to handle the heavy traffic flow they endure. These projects will add additional turning lanes to some of the most trafficked intersections throughout the county to reduce congestion.
More than 43 miles of road in Bay County are considered to be in ”poor“ or ”very poor“ condition. Projects will include repaving stretches of road that are cracked, have potholes, or are severely rutted. Repairs will also include adding or fixing paved shoulders along heavily trafficked county roads to increase vehicular and bicycle safety.
Improvements will include adding sidewalks to increase pedestrian safety and encourage non-motorized transportation in heavy pedestrian areas, especially near schools. These additions will also increase pedestrian access to many community amenities.
Due to Bay County’s proximity to sea level, much of our county is prone to flooding. To help prevent and reduce some of this flooding, the county has identified portions of existing drainage systems that need to be updated to better alleviate flooding—including expanding culverts and replacing old and outdated drainage pipes.