In January, it was reported that Bay County and FDOT agreed to swap County Road 388 for some local state-owned roads that were more “local” for Bay County with regards to maintenance and upkeep. Bay County was to have its chance to relinquish its responsibility to re-surface the badly worn 388. Now it is being reported that the deal is off the table, with the County bearing the responsibility. Confused, but oh well.
For those of you that don’t know, 388 is a sad description of a road. It has been a couple of years since I’ve driven it and mostly because I fear my little car being literally tossed off the road by the heavy grooving or one of hundreds of potholes.
Those that travel the road daily know that it is just flat out unsafe. The condition is terrible (an understatement) and needs to be dealt with. Commissioner Gainer contends that 388 will be the main artery for the new airport traffic and responsibility for resurfacing should fall on the parties involved in the relocation. However, the resurfacing of 388 has been put off for too long. This road was badly in need of repair several years ago, and its condition has been allowed to get worse.
The bottom line is that regardless of what the road will be used for, County Road, County Responsibility.Print Story