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Meeting the Needs of Our Neighbors

Our neighbors want Fort Lauderdale to be a connected community where people can move seamlessly and easily. Well maintained roads are an essential part of this community priority. As we strive to create “The City You Never Want to Leave,” we are taking proactive measures to strengthen our infrastructure and improve our roads to help neighbors travel quickly and safely throughout our community. Fort Lauderdale worked with a consultant to evaluate the condition of existing roads based on the Pavement Condition Index (PCI), which uses a number between 0 and 100 to indicate the condition of pavement. Under the PCI, 100 represents the best possible road condition and 0 represents the worst possible condition. Knowing the condition of the roads will help determine future funding needs, effectively prioritize improvements and allocate available resources to ensure they are targeted where they will have the greatest impact.

Roadway Maintenance

As roads deteriorate from "Good" to "Fair" or "Poor" condition repairs become more expensive. The Pavement Deterioration Curve below illustrates how deterioration can accelerate quickly after pavement drops below a PCI of 60. Pavement repair costs increase exponentially as the PCI decreases.

Fort Lauderdale is currently focused on extending the lifespan of roads identified as “Fair.” If these roads are not maintained, their condition will worsen and they will fall into the “Poor” category, which can cost up to five times as much to repair as a road in the “Fair” category.

The City is using Micro-surfacing to address “Fair” roads. Micro-surfacing is a sustainable product, consisting of recycled material, that uses a 5/8-inch asphalt polymer-modified cold mix aggregate sealant to extend the life of a roadway by seven to ten years.  Micro-surfacing can also be done at a much lower cost than conventional asphalt overlays. This process allows the City to maximize available funding to resurface the greatest number of linear miles of roadway.

Maintenance Schedule

We are working with Asphalt Paving Systems to resurface many streets throughout Fort Lauderdale over the next several months. The first step in the process, applying crack seal, was completed in the Fall of 2015. The second step of the three-step process, resurfacing the roads, began in December 2015. About 30 days after paving, a permanent stripe will go down on the roads that were resurfaced.   

Neighbors whose streets are scheduled to be repaired should receive two separate notices about 24-48 hours before work is scheduled to begin:
1. A notice that crack-seal is going to be applied to your street pdf
2. A notice that your street is scheduled to be micro-surfaced pdf,

We ask for your assistance to ensure we can complete the work as quickly and efficiently as possible. We will do our best to minimize any inconvenience while work is performed. 

Fort Lauderdale successfully resurfaced numerous roads in 2014 and 2015. Moving forward, the City will continue to improve road conditions, reduce long-term costs and make our roads better and safer for our neighbors.

Micro-surfacing in Action

Asphalt Paving Systems created the following informational video to explain the three-step resurfacing process. 

Enhancing Accessibility

In conjunction with the upcoming street resurfacing project, the City plans to improve access to numerous sidewalks throughout Fort Lauderdale by installing ramps that are ADA compliant.

Click here to view a map of the sidewalks scheduled to be upgraded. pdf  

We apologize for any inconvenience these improvements may cause, and thank you for your patience as we work together to create “The City You Never Want to Leave.”

Images of a resurfaced roadway in Fort Lauderdale:

 

microsurfacing (before)          microsurfacing (after)                                                     BEFORE                                                                                                   AFTER