Many of you know that we have been lobbying for infrastructure improvements here in the Colonial Drive / Fairway Estates Community for three years. Initially, these included painting center and road edge lines on our main streets, and then, as various installation projects (gas and sewer) seriously degraded the surfaces of those streets, we have been asking for complete resurfacing. In most cases, that resurfacing has not taken place in decades. Streets on our remedy list involved main arteries: SW 160 Street (Colonial Drive), SW 102nd Avenue, SW 99th Avenue, SW 109th Avenue, SW 101st Avenue, SW 104th Avenue, and SW 168th Street.[The only street improvements we have witnessed recently are SW 112th Avenue, SW 107th Avenue, and Fairway Heights Boulevard. The latter two instances (restorations) were necessitated by very destructive gas and sewer projects.]
Now, unexpectedly, we have been given a gift: all the streets north, and west of Colonial Drive Park have suddenly received a beautiful new topping of asphalt. The streets include SW 106th Avenue (from Fairway Heights Boulevard to SW 156th Terrace), SW 156th Terrace (from SW 106th Avenue to SW 108th Court), SW 108th Court (from SW 156th Terrace to SW 158th Street), and SW 158th Street (from SW 108th Court to SW 109th Avenue).
Those streets would have not been on our primary “wish list,” but certainly they would have been on a secondary list. The resurfacing of roads in the proximity of the park adds to its practical and aesthetic value. The park is special to us. Our civic association contributed over $500,000 in grant money, gifts, and sweat equity in park restoration and improvement in the decade following Hurricane Andrew. The road condition at the extreme northeast corner of the park (intersection of SW 106th Avenue & SW 156th Terrace) was probably the worst in the whole community– many decades of extensive pothole repairs .
We thank our County Commissioner Dennis Moss for his sponsorship and support of the park-proximity street resurfacing: Roadway Resurfacing Contract – Project #20180253.