A Dr. Phillips resident called Fox 35 to say the repaving of roads in two neighborhoods was bugging him, so we went to investigate.
We found several roads torn up, and one with a mohawk strip of pavement in the center in the Hidden Springs and Sandy Springs neighborhoods. We met Dave Earhart on his street, set to be repaved before the end of the year.
"Here's our road. There's no potholes. There's no complaints," he said.
Earhart thinks this work should not be done right now because there's no damage on the streets in his subdivision.
"As everyone is talking about cutting back, you have to wonder who is making the decision just to repave roads that are absolutely fine in subdivisions that might be a little more affluent."
Orange County makes those decisions, so we spoke with the Public Works department.
It said the pavement is old and degrading. It was done with a product that is rarely used in today's paving, and new pavement is made to last three to five years longer.
Earhart was not convinced.
"I'm not for that. These roads are absolutely fine, and I think this is a ridiculous spending of money."
Orange County assigns each road a score when it is paved, and the deterioration of the road over time lowers that score. After the score of a road drops to a certain level, it becomes more expensive to replace the road because of the damage caused by the deteriorating pavement. The scores for the two roads in Earhart's area dipped below the threshold.
This project costs $1.14 million and should be complete near the end of the year.