Road Gone Bad?
While there are plans to push a new sales tax for roadwork and transportation projects in Alachua County, one project finished just a year ago is getting mixed reviews.
It's a good way to cut through school zones, and city traffic for many Alachua County drivers, but some residents are voicing their concerns to commissioners, saying South West 85th avenue is getting dangerous.
"The surface breaks down on the sides, there's pot holes," said Jim Tinsley, who is on the road everyday driving to and from work.
"It is a low speed, low volume road, even though you see an increase in traffic since the surface treatment was placed," said David Cerlanek, County Engineer.
County crews are fixing what they classify as an "unimproved" road this week, just a year after it was paved.
"Some of the edges of the pavement are chipping off, because of storm water erosion and cars tracking off the edges," he said.
The county spent $40,000 to put in trees just a few feet from the road as a way to calm traffic.
With the trees, the road has cost $227,000, nearly twice what was planned.
"We went to a double lift, which actually doubled the cost of materials," said Cerlanek.
Cerlanek says the treatment is still cheaper for taxpayers in the long run.
"If we would try to improve this to a completely paved road, we would've gone from $186,000 to somewhere in the range of 1.4 million," he said.
Some say taxpayers say safety isn't always cheap.
"I would love to see the county actually put a little bit of funding into this road, and make it a bona fide county road, and maybe a street light or two, because there's a lot of people who live back in these neighborhoods who utilize this road quite often," said Tinsley.
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