The City of Leesburg will resurface several downtown streets next week as part of $600,000 in roadway improvements funded from Lake County’s local option gas tax.
Roadwork will begin downtown on Monday, Aug. 4, and – weather permitting – conclude by Friday, Aug. 8. Other roads around Leesburg could be completed by Sept. 15.
The downtown streets include: Market Street from North Fifth Street to First Street; Second, Third and Fourth streets from Main Street to West Meadow Street; First Street from Market to West Meadow; and Cleveland Street from North Palmetto Street to Canal Street.
The city’s goal is to conduct resurfacing quickly with minimal disruption to businesses and residents. In some cases, portions of the roads will be closed, and vehicle traffic will be detoured. For more information, contact Leesburg Development Review Coordinator Adrian Parker at (352) 728-9786, ext. 2326.
“While we will have some inconvenience, this is just one of the many steps we are taking downtown to improve the city’s image,” said Leesburg City Commissioner Elise Dennison.
In all, Leesburg is resurfacing or rebuilding 4.7 linear miles of road lanes. They include sections of Lee Street, Olivet Avenue, Marshall Drive and Glenn Ridge Drive.
Construction is funded completely from a local option gas tax. C.W. Roberts Contracting is handling the work for the Leesburg Public Works Department, which maintains city streets to extend their service for years to come.
Each year the city prioritizes streets that most need maintenance because of potholes, cracking and potential safety concerns.
In some cases, the top portion of existing roadway will be removed before a new layer of asphalt is added. This often ensures that the new roadway properly directs rain away to the shoulders and into storm water collection systems.
Resurfacing is a cost-efficient way to maintain roads at about $98,000 per mile. Building a mile of new road costs up to half a million dollars.
Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 20,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday. For more information, visit www.leesburgflorida.gov.