Brevard County Commission Approves Plan To Increase Road Resurfacing Program
By Space Coast Daily // April 13, 2017
$6 million-plus annual funding plan
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – A $6 million-plus annual funding plan that will nearly triple the number of road miles resurfaced in Brevard County beginning in fiscal 2018 received unanimous approval this week from the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners.
The funding plan is aimed at addressing the growth of the existing backlog of roads in the county that are currently deemed in need of resurfacing, are considered at risk for reconstruction or have been determined that reconstruction is required.
Commissioners voted 5-0 to allocate funds that will increase from 20 to 55 the number of miles resurfaced in each of the next four years (2018-2021), and then bump that number to 61 miles in 2022 and beyond. The County maintains 1,614 miles of roads.
“This will be a tremendous increase in terms of what we’re presently doing in terms of resurfacing roads,” said Commission Chairman Curt Smith.
The funding plan paves the way for Commissioners to begin prioritizing in the coming months which county roads will be targeted first.
Cited among benefits of the funding plan includes elimination of continued growth in the resurfacing backlog, reduction in the growth of the reconstruction backlog, and gradual improvement of the average condition of Brevard County roads.
It costs the County about $110,000 to resurface a mile of road, versus more than $500,000 per mile for reconstruction.
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