Discuss road plan options

Published: Friday, January 31, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 30, 2003 at 10:51 p.m.

Just to get the record straight, county is not funding the resurfacing of County Road 241. The Florida Department of Transportation added this project to its five-year workplan list of transportation projects several years ago. FDOT realized the roadway was deteriorating and needed resurfacing to deal with increased traffic from the two growing population centers at either end, Jonesville and Alachua.

Because this is an FDOT funded project, paved shoulders are being added to the road. FDOT adds paved shoulders to all rural roadways to channel rainwater and prevent breakdown of the edge of the road, thus increasing the life of the road. The paved shoulders also function as bike lanes, allowing bikes and cars to share the road.

Alachua County's backlog of transportation projects stems from inadequate funding combined with growth that demands new roads, and stresses existing roads. Blaming bicycles for our transportation woes is not fair. Almost all bicycle projects are small details that accompany major road projects, such as on CR 241.

We need to revisit the transportation funding plan that was suggested several years ago, that collected gasoline tax, impact fees and ad valorem property tax. This plan was negotiated by leaders in business, development, transportation and the environment, and was agreed as a fair way to fund our future transportation needs.

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