WASHINGTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Northbound lane traffic in Washington County along SR 77 diverted not due to the sinkhole but
for widening project.
FDOT officials said, that residents shouldn’t have to worry about the 77 sinkhole anymore. The section of the roadway will be reconstructed as a part of their widening project for SR 77.
“We are going to mill that area and then we are going to put new asphalt down. So part of that project what you see out there right now obviously will not be the final product,” Satter said.
When NewsChannel 7 asked Satter about the aquifer and if it was affected in that area or if it played a role in this issue he said, “There was no role associated with the void in the roadway and the issues up there. You look at the aquifer in the northern part of Bay County and throughout parts of Washington County and it is at capacity. Water isn’t able to go anywhere because the aquifer is full. We have seen issues across the county both Bay and Washington Counties. We conferred with the Department of Environmental Protection and the Northwest Florida Water Management District. They are the ones responsible and look at those types of things. So they have conferred with us in fact aquifer is full so water doesn’t have anywhere to go at this point.”
While the sinkhole may never again be of concern, occupants in Washington Province said one concern continues as before, flooding.
To find out more about sinkholes in Florida, check the Florida Sinkhole Maps page.