Thousands of residents will soon have a newly paved street to look forward to. The City of Coral Gables is about to begin resurfacing approximately 30 lane miles of streets throughout Coral Gables. This street resurfacing project is part of the Neighborhood Renaissance Program (NRP) proposed by City Manager Pat Salerno and approved by the City Commission. The list of streets to be resurfaced is equivalent to what would normally be paved in approximately 10 years, which makes this the most ambitious street resurfacing initiative ever undertaken by the City. “We’re on the road to building a better Coral Gables,” said Mayor Jim Cason.
The City engaged the engineering firm of C3TS to evaluate and review all streets. Staff independently reviewed the findings and has compiled a map indicating the streets to be resurfaced. Everyone will benefit from the elimination of the extensive backlog as the City will be able to stay current with street resurfacing needs as they arise. In the future, residents whose streets need resurfacing would not be placed on a waiting list for many years; instead, their streets would be repaved within a year. This initiative will not only improve neighborhoods, it should also enhance property values. In a letter to Mayor Cason, a resident wrote, “We are a family of five property owners and we cannot praise enough your decision to resurface some run-down streets in our city.”
Phase one will resurface all identified neighborhood streets north of US1. On April 24th, the City Commission awarded the construction contract for Phase one to H & J Asphalt, Inc. for approximately $2,085,000. Work is expected to begin in June and last approximately three months. Phase two will resurface all remaining streets. A construction contract is expected to be presented to the City Commission for approval by the end of summer. To view a map of the streets to be resurfaced, click here. If your neighborhood street is located south of US1 where Phase two of the project is to occur, and you would like to have it reevaluated for possible resurfacing, please send an email to PWdepartment@coralgables.com. This project is one of many under the NRP aimed at making neighborhoods the most livable they can be.
Examples of neighborhood streets that have been in need of resurfacing for 10 years:
Cardena Street (top) and Marmore Avenue.