Lake Worth will fix close to 450 roads if $40 million bond passes

Lake Worth City HallLAKE WORTH — The city will fix close to 450 pothole-filled streets if a $40 million road repair bond passes in November, the City Commission revealed at tonight’s public workshop.

Public comment was not allowed. The meeting lasted 35 minutes.

In 2014, before residents voted on a more comprehensive $63 million bond that failed, the city asked A.D.A. Engineering of West Palm Beach to evaluate the city’s roads. The company gave the city a fair rating with a 74.7 pavement condition index score. Ten percent of the city’s roads were deemed in poor condition.

Since then the company said the road score fell to 68.1 percent, with 22 percent of the roads now considered poor.

“Almost all the streets in the city need some maintenance,” said Brent Whitfield, an associate vice president at A.D.A. Engineering.

If the bond passes, the city will have 30 years to pay it back, but it’s still not clear how much residents will be asked to fork over, a concern raised by Commissioner Christopher McVoy.

“We’re asking the public to shell out money for 30 years on roads that will start declining in 15 years,” he said. “Does the public have confidence that their money will be well spent?”

Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell noted how if the asphalt is maintained, the roads should be fine for longer than 15 years.

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