|Published:||Mar 22, 2011 11:28 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Mar 22, 2011 8:30 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla.- On Tuesday, the road repaving project in northwest Cape Coral got underway.
Many roads north of Kismet Parkway are filled with potholes or are dirt roads.
This project has literally divided the city because streets with 8 or more homes on it are being repaved, while streets with less aren't.
People who are having roads repaved said it's a long time coming.
"I'm ecstatic. Ecstatic," said Tonya Kirkwood.
Kirkwood lives on Northwest 24th Terrace, which is one of the roads being repaved.
She says for years the roads have been crumbling.
"They weren't really a road they were like a dirt path.
Pot holes were unbelievable," she said. Pot holes were so bad, Tonya's car suffered repeated damage.
"In a year and half we replaced two hubcaps and had several alignments done," she said.
Even her son was injured.
Learning to ride his bike, he hit a pot hole, fell and got some scrapes on his face.
City Councilman Kevin McGrail represents parts of Northwest Cape Coral.
He was on hand Tuesday morning as construction crews started the repaving process.
He says this million dollar project will pay to have 19 miles of roads repairs in the north area of the city.
But the problem is more than 75 miles need repairs.
To fix all the roads in the north Cape would cost the city $5million dollars and there's not enough money to do that.
So for now only roads with eight or more homes will be repaved.
Councilor McGrail is proposing a phase two of the project, which would allocate money to repave roads with seven homes on it.
He says it's a start to help other people.
But won't help residents like Pat, who has three homes on his street.
"You can't walk on that road and there's rocks the size of your fist over there," he said.
Pat lives a block from where a road is being repaired.
Seeing the construction equipment is like torture.
He says something has to be done. "
How bout just patching it. Patching the holes," he said.
On Monday, city councilors will vote whether to allocate more money to start phase two of this project. Trust us to let you know what they decide.