Pothole-covered streets repaved in Palm Bay

Cheaper chipseal repavement method tested on four streets

PALM BAY, Fla. – City of Palm Bay officials say they're using a less expensive method of paving and can fix more miles of pothole-ridden roads with citizens’ tax dollars.

Work on four streets in the southwest part of the city began before Thanksgiving and was completed last week.

“I think they look very good,” Palm Bay City Engineer Troy Davidson told News 6 Monday.

Davidson said anything is a better fix than patching potholes.

The $190,000 chipseal project of Fallkirk, Farber, Lakeport and Lacey streets is a way of blending road materials to repave the streets in a way that’s more than 70 percent cheaper than complete reconstruction, according to officials.

“It’s an option that we can look at in order to reduce our overall costs but still provide a quality road that will last a long time,” Davidson said.

Chipseal has been around since the ‘60s, which is as long as many Palm Bay streets have gone unpaved.

News 6 exposed the issue in a half-dozen reports this summer.

This fall, Davidson said he recommended chipseal to City Hall.

Some neighbors told News 6 Monday they give the city credit for making progress but they still want their tax dollars better spent.

“I think it’s nice. It needs more pavement,” Betty Pegues said, offering her critique. “Might as well do it right the first time and be through with it.” 

Another southwest Palm Bay neighbor agreed.

“It’s better than what it was, yes, but how long will that last?” Lloyd Howlett asked.

The city said it will last 10 to 15 years, about half the lifetime of a completely reconstructed road.

“This is a permanent fix,” Davidson said. “It’s also a good way to be able to maintain them.”

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