Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Venice Road Fixes Lined Up by Need

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Venice Road Fixes Lined Up by Need

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$15 MILLION: Officials may ask residents to vote on tax for needed repairs

VENICE -- The city devotes about $1 million a year to fix roads that are wearing away and pocked with craters of various sizes, but that will not be enough to sustain them for the long run.

The magical number to fix every bad road in Venice is $15 million, and taxpayers might be asked to pitch in to pay for them.

"If there is anything that I think there is that the public would support on the ballot this November, it is the roads," Councilman Bob Daniels said.

City leaders are considering asking voters to OK borrowing money through a referendum to fund several high-dollar projects, including road improvements. The referendum might not make the ballot until the March primary.

Seeking an objective voice, the city hired Stantec Consulting Services to conduct a pavement assessment over the past year. The completed 107-page report details the state of the roads, cost estimates to fix them and possible time frames.

Stantec's report noted that the city's road network operates at a good level of service with most streets ranking a 72.1. About 21 percent of the roads are below the minimum of 60 and need work this year, the report said.

The worst streets, and the first to get a fresh coat of asphalt this summer will be: Warfield Avenue South, Ponce de Leon Avenue, Avenue Des Parques, Manatee Court, Galleon Street, Pedro Street and five Calle Central alleys.

"If the initial quote is low enough, we'll add some more segments," City Engineer Kathleen Weeden told council members Tuesday.

One road in the city, Capri Isles, is structurally in good condition, but has a high volume of traffic. The washboard effect is a result of the original developer moving through a piece of equipment too quickly.

Weeden said there are a plethora of candidates to move up should more money become available. …

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