'Road to Nowhere' paved

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By Jeff M. Hardison

BRONSON - One Bronson resident calls it "the road to nowhere," and he wonders why it was paved.

Levy County Road 1081, which is also known as Northeast 138th Terrace in the Windmill Acres subdivision of Bronson, was paved from Northeast 47th Place to the dead end. That's slightly more than three-quarters of a mile. This project and Northeast 47th Place from 136th Avenue to 138th Terrace were recently completed.

C.W. Gilbert said he thinks only 45 cars a day travel on that part of CR 1081.

Meanwhile, there are 225 homes along CR 102, which is Northeast 60th Street. Gilbert calls CR 102 "the most patched road in Levy County."

Levy County Road Administrator Bruce Greenlee addressed Gilbert's concerns. Greenlee recognizes that some people might question a road project, but roads are on a priority list for paving or resurfacing.

Greenlee said he inherited the list, which had been created before he was a leader in the Road Department. Perhaps, he said, some roads were put on the list because it served someone's best friend.

Traffic counters have been purchased, he said, and the Road Department will be gathering more data to consider the potential reprioritization of roads in the future.

For now, the list is being followed.

"Everything I've done is appropriate and by the book," Greenlee said. "I don't know any other way to do it."

Levy County Commission Chairman Sammy Yearty said the priority list for roads is created by using criteria that includes the number of residences on the road and traffic counts.

"We don't pave or resurface roads unless the criteria is met," Yearty said. "It's a lot better than it used to be. There is no political power to push it."

County Commissioner Nancy Bell said she is happy about Greenlee's plan for better data. His modernization of the process for keeping road count records will be an improvement, Bell said.

As for repaving the seven miles of CR 102, between CR 337 and CR 241, Greenlee said that project is on the list. While it is listed for 2008-09, repaving jobs may be done more quickly as a result of revised county policy.

While it might take at least two to three months to build and pave two miles of roadway, resurfacing is set-up for much faster completion. The two miles of Northwest Old Fanning Road between CR 341 and Northwest 140th Street is a resurface project listed above the CR 102 work.

Greenlee said he doesn't want a lot of "down time" for his crews. The best use of time, money and employees is to complete resurfacing projects in conjunction with the paving projects, he said.

Yearty said he agrees with Gilbert about CR 102 needing resurfacing. There are safety concerns on the road too, Yearty said, including curves and hills.

A road committee, which includes Greenlee, County Planner Shenley Neely, Building and Zoning Director Rob Corbitt, County Coordinator Freddie Moody and occasionally County Engineer Lee Mills, meets on an as-needed basis. The committee includes only county staff and those meetings are not governed by the Sunshine Law.