Florida Road Project

The deaths of four people in a head-on collision may speed up a long anticipated road project in Northwest Florida.

The two-vehicle crash in Esto during the Fourth of July weekend claimed the lives of two Dothan residents.

Residents in Northwest Florida sometimes refer to that road as "Bloody Highway 79." That's because it's been the scene of a number of fatal traffic accidents over the years.

Citizen groups would like to see it made into four-lanes from Panama City Beach to the Alabama state line. The highway is a major hurricane evacuation route.

The Florida Department of Transportation is looking at several plans for a four-lane Highway 79 as well as Highway 77. The evacuation aspect could draw in millions of federal dollars.