Bury utilities, add separate bike/pedestrian path (30A style) and install adequate lighting on the full length of Thomas Drive (Hwy. 98 to Joan Ave). Use funds currently earmarked for Thomas Drive culvert project to leverage grant/recovery funding and coordinate with Sewer Expansion project for efficiency and to leverage additional funding.
As the primary road of one of the most important tourism corridors in Bay County, this project is vital to the long-range goal of revitalizing the east end of the island and creating an inviting corridor for locals and visitors to explore the Grand Lagoon.
Thomas Drive is PCB’s original tourism corridor, a primary evacuation route and the lifeline of the Grand Lagoon. The requested improvements will affect immediate positive change and transform Thomas Drive into a strong foundation that can support a long term revitalization plan for the Grand Lagoon.