As part of recovery from Hurricane Sally, the City of Panama City is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to secure funding for the reconstruction of 23rd Street Plaza and the storm water infrastructure beneath the roadway.
Public Works Director Johnny Sims met with a representative from FEMA at the site this week to discuss the project. FEMA requires a Hydrologic and Hydraulic (H&H) Study to be completed prior to approving funding for the project. The H&H Study ensures that structures are sized correctly to handle floodwaters, while not inadvertently increasing flooding up or down stream. It is expected to be completed this month.
The City is poised to begin accepting sealed bids for the project following the completion of the H&H Study and final review and approval from FEMA. The period for accepting bids will be 30 days, after which the City Commission will award a contract for construction.
Originally, the storm water infrastructure that was damaged as a result of the hurricane was constructed of corrugated metal pipe. The City plans to upgrade this system to a prefabricated concrete box culvert. This upgrade will be a substantial long-term solution in method of construction, durability, and function.
Access to nearby homes and businesses will be maintained at all times during construction, which is estimated to take about 90 days.
Updates regarding the construction timeline will be posted to the City’s website, www.pcgov.org.