The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners instituted the Unimproved Road Improvement Program to provide a higher level of service to residents on unpaved roads and to lower maintenance costs. The program is a response to a number of citizen complaints about the dusty conditions, pot-holing, and washboarding on County-maintained unpaved roads. The program will provide a greater level of service at similar costs to roadway grading.
MAP OF ROADS
History of Program:
At the direction of the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, Public Works staff published a report, "Managing Unpaved Roads in Alachua County," in August 2006. This report outlined some of the issues associated with local County-maintained limerock roads such as maintenance costs, excessive dust, washboarding and erosion. The report also suggested several strategies that could be implemented to more effectively manage unpaved roads. Staff presented this report to the Board on October 24, 2006, October 24, 2006 Presentation to Board of County Commissioners. The Board directed staff to develop a prioritization methodology for determining the order of roads to be treated.
In June 2007, the Board adopted an additional 5-cent per gallon gas tax to fund transportation improvements. Approximately, 15% of this new gas tax was targeted for the development of the Unimproved Road Improvement Program.
On October 2, 2007, Public Works staff presented a prioritization methodology to the Board along with a list of unpaved roads that qualified for the program based on life-cycle maintenance costs, October 2, 2007 Presentation to Board of County Commissioners. The Board approved a prioritization methodology for the qualified roadways and directed staff to present a prioritized list for Board approval.
On March 11, 2008, Public Works staff presented the draft prioritization list of roadways to be included in the Unimproved Road Improvement Program, March 11, 2008 Presentation to Board of County Commissioners. The Board directed staff to move SW 95th Avenue into the second year of the program and to review the school bus data (included in the safety element of the methodology). Staff should then return to the Board with an updated priority list.
On June 10, 2008, Public Works staff returned to the Commission with an updated prioritization list of unimproved roadways, June 10, 2008 Presentation to Board of County Commissioners. The Board approved the list.
For more information, contact Antonio Vergara at 352-374-5245 ext. 308.