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Lee County to redo 'test' pavement project in Lehigh Acres

Posted at 10:38 PM, Jan 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-24 22:39:06-05

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla., - A Lehigh Acres man claims Lee County did a sloppy job paving the dirt road he lives on.

“We spent 5 years with potholes, tearing up tires and suspensions,” said Armando Salerno, a Lehigh Acres resident.

Salerno says he waited 5 years for the County to pave 69th Street West. However, when they finally paved it a couple years ago, the outcome was disappointing.

The County admits it used an experimental pavement. A County spokesperson tells 4 In Your Corner the road was paved using reclaimed asphalt which wasn’t crushed as fine as is typical. They hoped it would be more efficient and cost effective. But the technique didn’t work like they expected.

The spokesperson adds, “The road is scheduled to be repaved in the next few months.”

Lee County is spending $5 million dollars a year to resurface residential roads in Lehigh Acres as part of an initiative approved by Lee County commissioners in 2016.