GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)
County road 219A hasn't been resurfaced in about 30 years. The recommendation is every 15 to 20 years.
Earlier in the year, large trucks were traveling on 219A, in violation of the posted weight limit according to Hawthorne resident Ken Krug. After voicing concern about the issue, the Florida Highway Patrol has enforced the rule more strictly, but Roger Cone lives on the road and says he still sees at least "three to four a day".
The heavy truck loads in combination with the roads age and the rainy season have stressed the road opening up potholes. Locals feel they need to constantly vocalize road hazards to the county or they'd go unnoticed. They describe that some potholes have been are four to six inches deep before being filled and traffic sometimes needs to switch to the other side of the yellow line to avoid the damaged road.
Recent patchwork has helped temporarily, but residents on the street say the fix only lasts a few weeks before their cars get damaged again.
Over the past few months, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners adopted the capital improvement program which allocates a full depth reconstruction of 4.2 miles of the road in 2020 and 2021. The proposal has not been officially approved and will be presented on August 15th
Ramon Gavarrete says that in the meantime they’ll have to continue to do the patchwork they have been doing because it takes time to save up enough money for a road in such poor condition to be resurfaced -- about $1 million for every mile.