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Pothole-filled access road in Brooksville slated for repairs

BROOKSVILLE — Anyone who has driven down the few hundred feet of blacktop known as John Gary Grubbs Boulevard knows that the stretch of pavement that provides access to the Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center and the Quarry Golf Course is dotted with dozens of potholes, most of which are beyond all hope of repair.

However, improvements are set to begin Monday that will include repaving the road and parking areas around the center, enlarging the parking lot at Bud McKethan Park and adding a 5-foot concrete walkway leading from Broad Street to the center.

Brooksville City Manager Jennene Norman-Vacha called the project "long overdue" for a facility that serves a large number of elderly residents with supervised exercise and health programs, as well as leisure activities, and is the site of a county-designated special needs storm shelter.

"The pavement just got to the point where repairing it wasn't feasible anymore," Norman-Vacha said.

The stretch of asphalt, named for the local contractor whose company donated much of the heavy equipment used to build the municipal golf course, was last paved in the mid 1990s, around the time the golf course opened.

Through the years, heat, moisture and traffic have combined to cause the lime rock foundation to fail.

Public works director Richard Radacky said the project involves digging up most of the road's foundation and replacing it with crushed concrete to better withstand the rigors of traffic and the elements.

Once completed, the roadway will be about 6 inches higher to better facilitate drainage.

The $173,000 project is being paid for with impact fees designated for the enrichment center in 2011.

While the work is in progress, detours will be set up to direct visitors at the park's tennis courts, the golf course and the enrichment center to a temporary parking area accessible from Veterans Avenue.

The work is expected to be done by Sept. 30. For information, call the Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department at (352) 540-3830 or visit the city's website at for updates.

Logan Neill can be reached at or (352) 848-1435.

Pothole-filled access road in Brooksville slated for repairs 08/09/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 9, 2013 8:07pm]
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