Red light cameras help resurface Kissimmee roads

Red light cameras, such as the devices at the intersection of Broadway and Neptune Road, are helping to pay for road resurfacing, city officials said.

There’s over 150 miles of paved roadways within Kissimmee city limits, and public works officials are working to increase resurfacing projects to keep them in good condition.

The city spent $815,000 on road resurfacing work last year.

“The vast majority of these funds came from red light camera ticket revenue,” said City Manager Mike Steigerwald at a city meeting Tuesday night. “We’re using it to repave the roadways that folks drive on every day.”

In 2012, the city commissioned a company to do a pavement management plan, and at the time, only 10 percent of Kissimmee’s roads were deemed to be in excellent condition, according to Public Works and Engineering Director Kerrith Fiddler.

But in the seven years since the plan was put in place, Kissimmee has increased that number to over 30 percent, something Fiddler attributed directly to the red light ticket program launched in 2012.  

The extra money has allowed the city to complete almost 30 miles of roadway resurfacing, and Fiddler said the steady revenue stream would continue to make future resurfacing projects possible.  

Looking ahead, the public works department plans to update its pavement management plan and already has a consultant selected for the job. A contract between the company and Kissimmee should be finalized this summer and the plan complete by the end of the year.

After that, the department will craft a capital budget based on recommendations and the city will then work to secure funding to implement the plan.

Fiddler said his staff is in the process of paving a few unpaved roads recently annexed into the city. That work should be complete soon, he said.

Work on Carroll Street should be wrapped up in October or November, Fiddler said.