The quality of the City’s roads has been one of the largest issues facing North Port. Originally paved in the 1960s, many of North Port’s neighborhood streets have fallen into severe disrepair. Each year, the City has attempted to keep up with maintenance and rehabilitate roadways while operating under budget constraints to keep costs low.
On November 6, 2012, nearly 60 percent of the voters approved a referendum authorizing the City to obtain a bond up to $46 million to upgrade 266 miles of substandard roads in the City.
Under the proposal:
- The average residential property owner would pay no more than $46 per year.
- The funding from the bond will be used to upgrade substandard roads in three years.
- Current resources will be re-directed toward a viable, ongoing road maintenance program to improve North Port’s overall road quality.
In addition, about 210 additional miles of roads will receive maintenance. As with all roadwork done in the City, road related drainage will be included in the rehabilitation and maintenance.
The bond will not improve about 100 lane-miles of roads in the eastern part of the City where there is no infrastructure such as water, sewer, and electricity.
About The Project
The City of North Port is embarking on one of the largest road rehabilitation projects in its history. This will forever change the face of North Port with the addition of newly paved or maintained roadways inside the City's neighborhoods.
The Project consists of eight phases of work. Phases 1 -6 have already been completed. Work in 2016 was slightly delayed due to unforeseen utility conflicts. The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2018.
What Can You Expect?
Some roads in neighborhoods are part of the 266 miles of streets identified as part of the Road Bond Project while others are in need of maintenance work (not full reconstruction or rehabilitation). When the City of North Port is in your neighborhood, they will be doing both – maintenance and rehabilitation – depending on the state of the road. As with all roadwork done in the City, road related drainage will be included. The City provides three types of services as part of the Routine Maintenance contract:
Usually applied to roads generally paved within the last 3-5 years with minor crack sealing. This service adds 5–7 years to the life of the road. Micro-surfacing is an advanced form of slurry seal that uses basic ingredients consisting of emulsified asphalt, water, fine aggregate and mineral filler and combines them with advanced polymer additives which are applied in a thin layer over the existing asphalt pavement.
Want to see if your street is scheduled to be repaired? Or general questions? Please call Public Works Customer Service at 941-240-8050.