Posted: 11:23 am Monday, January 27th, 2014
By Eliot Kleinberg
Only half of West Palm Beach’s streets are in “good” condition, and while most of the rest are described as “fair,” even the city says that’s a generous label.
A report released Monday by the city listed 46.9 percent of roads as “good,” 44.8 percent as “fair,” and 8.3 percent as poor.
On top of that, nearly 90 percent of the city’s alleys are listed as “poor,” director of engineering services and public works Danielle Slaterpryce told a city commission workshop Monday morning.
According to the study, it would cost almost $30 million over five years to bring all the roads up to a “good” rating.
The categories reflect the standards of the Government Accounting Standards Board.
But “‘fair’ doesn’t look so good,” Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell told Slaterpryce Monday. “There are bumps and potholes and things have been filled in, and then they reopen up, not only is it esthecially poor, the conditions driiving along those roadways are poor.”
Unlike their northern counterparts, South Florida roads aren’t bombarded by dramatic temperature swings, icy conditions and salt laid down to melt ice. But they bake in the sub-tropical sun and heat and salt from the nearby ocean gets into the asphalt as well.
The city’s study measured pavement conditions and was done with a series of high powered cameras mounted on vehicles that drove every square mile of the city.
Of the $2.2 million the city gets a year from gas taxes, about $1.5 million of that is marked for repaving and resurfacing.