CAPE CORAL, Fla.,- Some Cape Coral neighborhoods are getting a facelift, in the form of some freshly paved streets. The work in the Southeast part of the Cape alone is expected to cost about $2 million. It's just one of many roads in the Southeast part of the city that hasn't seen improvements in two decades.
The city says it's been 20 years since these roads were last repaved, so it was time to bring out the equipment and lay down new asphalt because these roads only last about 25 years.
"They have covered up all the cracks and it's giving us nice sharp edges along the lawns now," said Grant Esser.
For Grant Esser, the sights and sounds of trucks and equipment is a welcoming noise.
"It's a black smooth surface, no noise when the cars go over it and hopefully not to much gravel will come up on the driveways now."
Truck loads carrying hundreds of tons of asphalt are giving the Southeast end of Cape Coral a new, sleek look.
"I hope it raises the value of my house, which is not a bad thing," said Esser.
Over the years, the roads in this neighborhood were showing their age, with the wear and tear of vehicle traffic.
"It was a little bit frayed and the gravel was starting to make it's way up onto the driveways and there were a few cracks in some edges with the weeds growing in there."
The city is using money from the Public Service Tax to redo the roads that haven't been touched in 20 years.
"It was nice to see because it was starting to go and in another year or two it would have been bad," Esser told WINK News.
This project is expected to be finished within the week and then crews will start the re-paving project for the North Cape, in a couple of weeks.