The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will fund 10 projects to improve county infrastructure next year, most of the nearly $5 million in grants to upgrade or rehabilitate existing roads and airports.
East end roads will get $1.35 million in upgrades next year.
In Carrabelle, along Tallahassee Street (County Road 67) new sidewalk is planned from Avenue A to Crooked River Road. An existing sidewalk, damaged by the addition of sewer lines, will be replaced with a longer 2.26-mile walkway, with paved walkways on both sides of the road from US 98 to Three Rivers Road. In 2014, $44,000 has been earmarked for engineering the project; construction is scheduled for 2017-18 at an approximate cost of $500,000.
Lake Morality Road, where deterioration has been a constant problem since it was last repaved, will get new pavement markings and signage between CR 67 and US 98, in 2014, at a cost of $115,000. Turkey Bayou Bridge on US 98 near SummerCamp will get a $28,000 makeover.
In Lanark Village, more than a mile of Oak Street, from Arizona Avenue to Doe Lane, will get a much needed renovation at a cost of $1.14 million.
In Eastpoint, South Bayshore, North Bayshore and Twin Lakes Road to Otter Slide Road will be widened from 10 to 12 feet and given a small paved shoulder. The cost of refurbishing the 4.5 miles of roadway will be $1.7 million.
Both the Apalachicola Regional Airport and Thompson Carrabelle Airport will receive generous stipends as part of FDOT’s Aviation Preservation Project.
In 2014, FDOT will spend $250,000 on upgrades to Carrabelle’s airfield. The money was originally requested to build additional t-hangers but City Administrator Courtney Millender said because there is insufficient room to add more hangers, the funds will be used to add security fencing, repave part of the runway and move the fuel farm.
In 2015, another $182,000 in FDOT funds are earmarked to extend the runway under the Aviation Capacity Project.
Upgrades to Thomson Field are ongoing and, earlier this year; the city added to the airport a fire department annex where a fire truck is housed for emergencies.
Apalachicola’s Cleve Randolph Field will get $1,033,000 in FDOT funding next year; $840,000 for restoration of the runway 13/31 and $193,000 to upgrade the airfield lighting. The airport will receive a total of $1.1 million from 2015-17 to improve runway 18/36. Renovation of runway 6/24 at is scheduled for 2018 at a cost of $306,000.
Croom’s Transportation Inc. will receive $92,000 for operations and administrative assistance during the 2014 fiscal year.
Ian Satter, a spokesman for FDOT, said, “2014 will be a busy year for the department.
“Many of these projects had been in the works for years. There’s an emphasis on transportation right now. We got funding from both the federal and state governments,” he said.