JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In some neighborhoods the noise of heavy machinery and the promise of a new road might be a welcome sight.
But David Esposito questions the need and the justification of this road repaving project in his Kernan Lakes neighborhood.
"It is wasteful spending. There appears to be a lack of oversight, the road is in good condition," said Esposito.
It is costing taxpayers $192,000 to resurface more than 6,000 feet of road, in two sections. Esposito, who admits he is not a road engineer, believes the cracks in Alden road do not justify the expense.
"That road can't be more than 12-13 years old," said Esposito. "Where I come from in New England you get potholes the size of a truck before it gets fixed."
Esposito took his tape measure and a hammer to demonstrate the size of the cracks near his street. "If these are the cracks that the engineering department recommended to the city, I can't believe it," he said.
Esposito said spending money on infrastructure is a good thing, but the city should fix a road that really needs fixing.
"Even if you have small cracks that may cause under lying damage 5-10 years down the road, right now our city is out of money so don't spend it," he said, "Or go fix a road that is in worst condition in the other parts of the city."
Alden Road extends to both council members Bill Bishop and Richard Clark districts.
Councilman Bishop said the road meets the test for repaving.
"It is good prudent maintenance, if you don't do it now you pay more in the long run," said Bishop.
Councilman Richard Clark said the city tries to resurface a road every 15-20 years.
"It is good to have a concerned citizen but the project has been a long time overdue and it is definitely necessary," said Clark.
Debbie Delgado who researched the project for a city hall response said public words determined the project is necessary.
"The project evaluated are of oxidation, depressions, cracking, rideability, cuts/patches/potholes and traffic volume," she said.
Clark said the city uses a rating scale and on that scale Alden Road rated 59 in some areas and 65 in others.
The city said the $192,000 will cover the asphalt, milling traffic striping and painting.
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