The GO Roads paving program is funded by the $150 million general ordinance bond approved by voters in November 2018. Work will be carried out in five phases over the next several years, with each phase being vetted by the City of Palm Bay's Infrastructure Oversight and Advisory Board before going to City Council for final approval.
The GO Roads program is intended to address paving issues throughout the City of Palm Bay. On October 11, 2019 Palm Bay Officials hosted a kickoff event in Unit 41 to mark the start of the GO Roads paving projects. In addition to Unit 41 and along Eldron Boulevard, Units 11, 15, 18, 23, 31, 32, 42, 56, and Garvey Road (between Malabar Road and Garbelmann Street) were selected as Year One projects.
The St. Johns Heritage Parkway SE improvement program is a joint effort of the City of Palm Bay, Brevard County, and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to improve roadway capacity, operations and safety. The FDOT’s new diverging diamond interchange on Interstate 95 is located just north of Micco Road. The St. Johns Heritage Parkway (SJHP) will connect the new interchange to Babcock Street near Davis Lane, providing southeast Palm Bay with improved accessibility and enhanced economic development opportunities. More Information on St. Johns Heritage Parkway
St. Johns Heritage Parkway at I-95
Culver Drive Widening Project
In early 2020, the City of Palm Bay completed the Culver Drive widening project. Managed by the Public Works Engineering Division and funded with Transportation Impact Fees, the project addressed Culver Drive’s capacity issues by widening the roadway from two lanes to four lanes. The project also improved drainage in the area and ensured existing sidewalks were compliant with standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The improvements to Culver Drive also included the installation of new water and sewer mains, which provided enhanced utilities service to the area.
Street View of Culver Drive After Widening
Babcock Street Widening (Malabar to Palm Bay Road)
The project begins at Malabar Road (SR 514) and extends north to Palm Bay Road (CR 516), a distance of approximately 2.5 miles. The proposed improvements include widening to a six-lane, divided roadway and will include bicycle lanes and sidewalks. The design will also include a northbound bridge replacement and a southbound bridge widening over the Melbourne-Tillman Canal. By June 2014, the design team will have finalized the engineering plans and secured all necessary environmental permits. The project is not currently funded for construction.
For additional information, please visit the FDOT project website or contact the Florida Department of Transportation at (386) 943-5645.
Malabar Road Widening (Babcock to US1)
The project begins at Babcock Street (SR 507) and extends east to US1, a distance of approximately 3.64 miles. The proposed improvements include widening to a four-lane facility.
For additional information, please visit the FDOT project website at www.cflroads.com or contact the Florida Department of Transportation at (386) 943-5645.
The City of Palm Bay is committed to protecting the community and its waterways through sound planning, construction, maintenance, and improvement of the drainage control systems. The City’s improved Stormwater Utility Program makes this goal a reality, while providing a means for the City to meet State and Federally-mandated regulations for discharging stormwater. The continuation of this and other stormwater projects ensures a healthy municipal infrastructure and improved quality of life for Palm Bay residents. To learn more about Palm Bay’s Stormwater Utility Program visit www.palmbayflorida.org/swutility or call (321) 952-3437.
C-75 Canal Projects
In late November 2018, the City of Palm Bay Public Works Department launched a new, multi-stage project in the northeast area of the City as part of Palm Bay’s ongoing infrastructure repair and improvement program known as the Stormwater Utility Program. The new project will be focused on culvert crossings associated with Melbourne Tillman Water Control District’s C-75 Canal. The project will require temporary full road closures with detours at three canal crossings, which will be staggered to minimize the impact on local traffic.
The first phase of the project will address the culvert at the C-75 Canal crossing on Pebble Avenue. The Pebble Avenue portion of the project will involve the removal of two failed 66” metal pipes and the replacement with a new box culvert which will provide enhanced stormwater drainage in the area. Construction is slated to begin November 27, 2018 and finish early 2019.
The City of Palm Bay Public Works Department will soon begin the second stage of the C-75 Canal project that will involve the crossing on Pembroke Avenue. This project will include the removal of a 54” failed metal pipe and the replacement of a new, improved box culvert. The Pembroke Avenue project and associated road closure is anticipated to take place between January 8, 2019 and February 2019.
The final phase of the C-75 Canal project will take place at the crossing on Emerson Drive. This project location will require the removal of two 60” failed metal pipes and the replacement of a single box culvert. Due to the relatively high traffic usage of Emerson Drive, construction at this location will be completed on an accelerated timetable, with the road closure projected to last 21 days or less. Work is scheduled to begin on March 6, 2019 on the Emerson Drive project and projected to run through March 25, 2019.
The City of Palm Bay currently has 21 vehicle bridges and 28 pedestrian bridges that are all unique in both design and configuration. The City of Palm Bay’s Public Works Department is responsible for maintaining all these bridges and partners with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to implement the Bridge Maintenance Program. FDOT inspects Palm Bay’s bridges on a two-year rotating schedule in accordance with State guidelines and provides the City with a report for each bridge. The reports are processed by Public Works staff and a unique maintenance plan is created to ensure safety and ADA compliance. The areas inspected and maintained include the bridge itself, the underside of the bridge, and all areas within fifteen feet of the bridge.
“The Bridge Maintenance Program has always existed in the City of Palm Bay, however, in the last three years, it has been expanded and enhanced based on the City’s collaboration with FDOT,” says Eric Blount, Operations Supervisor for the City of Palm Bay.
A team of four Public Works employees along with a working foreman, who oversees all work performed, take about three months on each bridge project from start to finish. This includes correcting any violations that FDOT noted in their report and going over every structural component to ensure proper function and condition.
The City of Palm Bay Public Works Department has implemented organizational changes to ensure that the Bridge Maintenance Program operates in accordance with industry safety standards. One of the City’s structural engineers examines FDOT’s report and ensures all bridges are up to standards. Nicholas Gagliardo, City Engineer, has created a collection of FDOT’s standards to have onsite for reference to help to uphold proper procedures. While each bridge is being serviced, additional efforts are made to observe and resolve stormwater issues or any other matters that may exist at the bridge site. Addressing other infrastructure issues at the same time as performing bridge maintenance presents a cost savings to the City by preventing double efforts.
The Bridge Maintenance Program is essential to the City of Palm Bay because improperly maintained bridges could result in disruptive bridge closures and the need to redirect traffic flow to alternate routes. For example, the bridge located at RJ Conlan typically has approximately 11,000 vehicles that travel it daily. Prior to the reimplementation of this program, some of the bridges fell behind on regular maintenance. The RJ Conlan bridge had 45 pages worth of reports dating from 2008-2016 that needed to be addressed. Thanks to the methodical maintenance plan put in place through the Bridge Maintenance Program, the current report is down to eight pages. If this program were not in place and this bridge failed, that would result in a massive inconvenience for residents and extra costs to repair the structure.
Once all the FDOT reports are closed out, the City can shift focus to the ongoing maintenance of these bridges. Proper maintenance includes all components such as handrails, guardrails, entrances and exits. Part of the regulations put into place by FDOT require vegetation to be cut back an average of 10-15 feet from the bridge depending on the accessibility of equipment and staff. Once in compliance with FDOT regulations, the bridges can then be placed on a regular mowing schedule that helps to prevent vegetation overgrowth that may compromise the structure over time.
The City of Palm Bay Public Works Department finishes each bridge with a fresh coat of paint and marks the structure with a City logo after all reports have been closed out for the year.
Photo of Palm Bay Bridge after repairs
- Milling and Paving
- Thin Lift
- Full Depth Reclamation (FDR)
- Full Reconstruction
What is Rejuvenation?
Rejuvenation utilizes Reclamite®, a Maltene based treatment that is typically used on roads that are 1-5 years old, and can be done a few more times to further extend the life of the pavement. It is a low cost option that improves the durability and life of the pavement by 4-6 years, and it seals the surface against intrusion of air and water elements.
What are Rejuvenators?
Pure Maltene based rejuvenators are translucent and leave pavement marking visible with no need for restriping. The Maltenes are asphalt binders that seals ¼” cracks in the asphalt pavement.
Why is this process necessary?
The penetrating sealer we are using has been the most widely used Pavement Rejuvenator in the market for over 50 years. This product simply replaces the vital ingredients that have been lost from the pavement’s binder over time due to exposure to the suns UV rays and wet weather. Without timely preventive maintenance, an asphalt road will deteriorate faster than necessary.
The maintenance treatment being provided on your street will help your agency protect one of their largest assets and give you a road that will provide years of additional service. This Preventive Maintenance process is a most economical use of your tax dollar.
Points to remember during the rejuvenation process:
- You will have access to your driveway at all times. During the short application period any work crew member can assist you.
- Remove parked cars from along the edge/side of the road between the hours of
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Please observe all signs & flagman’s directions
- Sand cover will be swept up within two days. Use CAUTION when driving on loose sand.
- Drive SLOWLY (5 mph) if you accidentally enter a freshly treated area.
- For special events, moving, garage sales, etc, call 1-800-333-6309 for assistance.
- Keep children & pets out of treated areas to avoid tracking into houses.
- Material tracked onto driveways will weather off in three weeks or less leaving no stain.
- Please refrain from using lawn sprinklers, washing cars, etc on the day of treatment. Pavement must be dry.
- Rain will delay work until the following day.
- Remember, any work crew member can assist you during the actual application.
Milling and Paving
The existing asphalt pavement surface is milled and then typically paved with a 2" thick layer of new asphalt pavement.
Thin Lift Overlay
The existing pavement surface is repaired of cracks and pots holes an then a 1.5" thick layer of asphalt overlay is placed on top of the existing pavement
Full Depth Reclamation (FDR)
The Full Depth Reclamation (FDR) process pulverizes the existing asphalt and base material, mixes cement and water, and compacts the materials to produce a strong, durable base for the new road. Then the asphalt is placed on top of the new base structure.
The existing roadway is completely removed of the pavement and base material and then reconstructed by compacting sub-base and adding a new 8" thick base rock compacted and 2" think asphalt pavement.
Should you have any further questions regarding road conditioning processes, please contact Palm Bay Public Works Customer Service at (321) 952-3438 option 5.