The Florida Department of Transportation (“FDOT”) plans to widen US 231/SR 75 in Panama City, Florida (located in Bay County). The proposed improvements to US 231 and the connected roadway systems include widening US 231 from four to six lanes, constructing flyover ramps at the intersections of US 231 with US 98 and SR 77, and improving drainage with storm water ponds. This 5.5 mile segment of the FDOT’s SR 75/US 231 road widening project has been divided into two sub-segments, Segment 7 (~1.6 miles) from 15th Street (US 98) to 23rd Street (SR 368), and Segment 8 (~3.9 miles) from 23rd Street to South of Pipeline Road. Both sub-segments have been funded for right-of-way acquisition.
As an additional step in the completion of this project, FDOT recently developed and released new right-of-way maps. The new maps indicate that the FDOT anticipates acquiring approximately 244 parcels of Panama City property to complete this road widening project, and to do so, the FDOT has budgeted over $138 million dollars to acquire the needed right-of-way between fiscal years 2020-2023.
Fixel & Willis – a Florida law firm that represents private property and business owners in eminent domain matters – closely monitors the evolution of project materials for this project and expeditiously secures them for its clients. If you own Panama City property that may be acquired as part of the SR 75/US 231 widening project and you have any questions or concerns about the FDOT’s potential taking of your property or Florida eminent domain law, please contact Fixel & Willis by email, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone, toll free at (800) 848-7535.