Thomas Drive forms a 7.7 mile loop southeast from Florida 30 (Front Beach Road) and U.S. 98 at the Hathaway Bridge to coastal areas of Bay County along the Gulf of Mexico, Grand Lagoon and St. Andrew Bay. County Road 3031 follows the north-south leg, a five-lane boulevard joining U.S. 98 with the Naval Surface Warfare Center off Alligator Bayou and the Bay Point golf course community. Thomas Drive spans Grand Lagoon east of Biltmore Beach, becoming CR 392 at the westward turn toward Bellair Beach and Panama City Beach. An eastern spur of Thomas Drive links CR 392 and CR 3031 with St. Andrew State Park, located on the peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and Grand Lagoon.

County Road 3031 replaced Florida Secondary 757, which extended south from U.S. 98 to Secondary 392 at Lower Grand Lagoon.


County Road 3031 north
The first confirming marker for County Road 3031 was posted along Thomas Drive north beyond Beach Drive. The shield was removed during 2011 expansion of Thomas Drive into a five-lane boulevard. Photo taken 09/23/09.
Widening of Thomas Drive in 2011 included replacing the bridge across Grand Lagoon. The new four-lane, 250 foot long span crosses 18 feet above Grand Lagoon.1 Photo taken 09/23/09.
North Lagoon Drive intersects CR 3031 (Thomas Drive) on the north side of Grand Lagoon. Unmarked here, North Lagoon Drive west 3.336 miles to CR 392 (Thomas Drive) doubles as CR 3030. Photo taken 09/23/09.
Turning northwest from Grand Lagoon, Thomas Drive advances to the traffic light with Causeway Road west and Magnolia Beach Road east. Photo taken 09/23/09.
Formerly Florida Secondary 747, Magnolia Beach Road spurs 1.75 miles east to the Bay Point golf course community and Annette Avenue off St. Andrew Bay. Photo taken 09/23/09.
Patronis Drive spurs west to an apartment complex, subdivision and Patronis Elementary School from this signal with CR 3031 (Thomas Drive). Photo taken 09/23/09.
Crag Road connects County Road 3031 (Thomas Drive) with the main gate for the Naval Surface Warefare Center. Photo taken 09/23/09.
Laird Street stems west from the succeeding traffic light along Thomas Drive north to Laurie Avenue. Photo taken 09/23/09.
County Road 3031 (Thomas Drive) advances north along side the Naval Surface Water Center to U.S. 98 by Beachwalk Centre retail plaza. Photo taken 09/23/09.
Thomas Drive ties into U.S. 98 just west of the Hathaway Bridge. The eastbound lanes of U.S. 98 travel above the forthcoming intersection, providing a high speed route between SR 30 (Front Beach Road) and SR 368 (23rd Street) in Panama City. Photo taken 09/23/09.
Replacing a narrow four lane span, the six-lane Hathaway Bridge across St. Andrew Bay opened to traffic in May 2004. U.S. 98 continues east through Panama City to connect with U.S. 231 north to I-10. Photo taken 09/23/09.
An end shield for Bay County Road 3031 precedes the turn onto the south side frontage road for U.S. 98 and the Hathaway Bridge. Photo taken 09/23/09.
U.S. 98 west to Panama City Beach Parkway travels at-grade from the Hathaway Bridge to Thomas Drive. Elevated lanes for westbound traffic were planned, but construction has yet to be funded. Photo taken 09/23/09.
A reassurance marker for U.S. 98 east stands between CR 3031 (Thomas Drive) and Woodlawn Drive. Photo taken 09/23/09.
Woodlawn Drive ties into U.S. 98 and the south side frontage road from the Woodlawn subdivision. The gated Solomans Drive connects from the Naval Surface Warefare Center to the south. Two lanes otherwise continue east, taking drivers from Thomas Drive onto the Hathaway Bridge. Photo taken 09/23/09.
County Road 3031 south
Bay County Road 3031 begins along Thomas Drive south from U.S. 98 and Wildwood Road. Photo taken 06/20/09.
County Road 3031 (Thomas Drive) crosses Grand Lagoon to the immediate south of CR 3030 (North Lagoon Drive). Photo taken 09/23/09.
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Thomas Drive leads south to Lower Grand Lagoon, where it turns west as County Road 392. Photos taken 09/23/09.
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County Road 392 leads Thomas Drive northwest to SR 30 (Front Beach Road) and SR 392 (Hutchison Boulevard) at Panama City Beach. Photos taken 09/23/09.
County Road 3031 scenes
County Road 3031 marker posted along North Lagoon Drive ahead of Thomas Drive. This sign was removed during a stormwater project in 2011. Photo taken 09/23/09.
North Lagoon Drive continues west from County Road 3031 (Thomas Drive) as County Road 3030 along the north side of Grand Lagoon. Thomas Drive leads north to the Naval Surface Warfare Center and south to St. Andrews State Park. Photo taken 09/23/09.

Sources:

  1. CR 3031 - Thomas Dr over Grand Lagoon, Bay County, Florida. BridgeReports.com


Photo Credits:

    06/20/09 by AARoads. 09/23/09 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.

Connect with:
U.S. 98
Florida 392A - Hutchison Boulevard
County Road 3030 - North Lagoon Drive

Page Updated 10-16-2018.