MILTON — Because voters approved an expansion of the paving budget back in March, more Milton roads than normal will be paved this year.
Last month, Department of Public Works (DPW) announced parts of East and Duffy Roads will soon be resurfaced. Three more roads — Lake, Manley and Poor Farm — have now been added to the list.
Here’s how each project is progressing.
East and Duffy Roads
What’s already been completed: Designs and plans for road paving were drawn up by Hamlin Consulting Engineers (HCE).
Those plans indicated that about six culverts, or pipes that allow water to flow under the road, would need to be replaced on East Road prior to paving. DPW began work on those culverts in April.
On May 3, the Selectboard voted to award the paving contract for East and Duffy Roads to Pike Industries, as recommended by DPW. Pike Industries was the lowest of four bidders and will complete the work for $291,207.
“I’ve heard asphalt is coming in favorably, so that's good,” Vice Chair Michael Morgan said during the meeting. “That could benefit us greatly for a bit, I hope.”
What’s next: East and Duffy Roads will be paved by June 30 and line-striped by July 31 according to the town’s contract with Pike Industries.
East Road will be resurfaced from Bridge Five to McMullen Road. Duffy Road will be paved from Mars Hollow Road to the Colchester town line.
How it’s funded: This project is paid for by Milton’s taxpayer-approved paving budget.
Lake, Manley and Poor Farm Roads
What’s already been completed: During the May 3 Selectboard meeting, Public Works Engineer Kirsten Jensen said DPW also recommends that portions of Lake, Manley and Poor Farm Roads be paved this year.
“I know Don [Turner] has been pretty eager about us getting roads in front of the taxpayer as soon as we can, so we've picked some particularly bad segments that are really in need of repair,” she said.
The board approved the initiation of a $40,000 contract with HCE to complete the design work needed to pursue resurfacing these road segments.
What’s next: HCE will begin design work in May, according to a letter from HCE Vice President Benjamin D. Heath to DPW Director Dave Allerton.
After that’s been completed, DPW will solicit bids for paving.
Lake Road will be paved from 764 Lake Road to the Georgia town line and Poor Farm Road from Cyr Lumber to Lake Road. Manley Road will be paved from Smith Road to the Georgia town line.
Jensen said DPW is still evaluating other segments of road to be resurfaced.
“There are others that are more in the center of town, but some of those will need a bigger scope of work, including stormwater design,” she said. “We picked these projects because we think they're pretty straightforward and should be relatively quick to complete.”
How it’s funded: The paving of Lake, Manley and Poor Farm roads will be paid for by the paving budget, which includes the additional $400,000 that was approved by Milton voters on March 2.