City Releases New Study on Road Conditions
January 27, 2014
(West Palm Beach, FL) – It’s no surprise that the heat, the rain and the salty sea breeze takes its toll on the city’s streets, but now we know exactly how much of a toll.
Monday the city released the results of a major study of road conditions from one end of West Palm Beach to the other.
According to the study, 46.9% of city’s streets are considered in good condition as measured using the standards of the Government Accounting Standards Board, or GASB.
Forty four point eight percent of the city’s roads received a rating of fair condition, while 8.3% were rated poor.
The last time a similar study was done was 2002. It was done by an outside agency, not the city at a cost of $250,000.
The conditions of the city’s alleys did not measure up as well as the streets themselves. Over 89% of the city’s alleys received a rating of fair or poor.
The 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. The images were then analyzed to measure the condition of the road surface.
The city receives approximately $2.2 million dollars per year from gas tax funding. An estimated $1.5 million dollars of that money is dedicated to repaving and resurfacing.
According to the study, it would cost almost $30 million dollars over five years to bring all the roads up to a rating of good.