MILTON — At its June 7 meeting, the Milton Selectboard approved funding for two new Department of Public Works projects. Both will be started or completed this summer.
1. Lake Road overpass guardrail replacement
Soon, the Town will replace the Lake Road guardrail on the I-89 overpass. Public Works Director Dave Allerton said this guardrail has needed fixing for years.
How it’s funded: The replacement costs $66,637.50 and will be funded by the Town’s budget.
Both Darren Adams and Chris Taylor said they believe the state should pay for the guardrail instead.
“Darren makes a fantastic point that if the state didn’t put an Interstate through, we wouldn’t have a bridge there that needed guardrails,” Taylor said.
Allerton said Public Works has asked the state about this multiple times, but always comes back empty handed.
In some cases, when a guardrail is crashed into by a vehicle operator, the replacement expense comes from the driver and/or their insurance company.
“When we find out about it, we follow up with the police department, find out who their insurance company is and then our office chases them down,” Allerton said.
When it’s a hit and run incident, there is no way to track down the culprit, and the Town ends up hefting the price.
Taylor, Brenda Steady, Michael Morgan and John Fitzgerald all voted yes to approve the funds for this project. Adams voted no, in keeping with his argument that the state should contribute to the cost.
Guardrails also need to be replaced at specific locations on Lamoille Terrace, Middle Road, the intersection of Duffy and East Roads and West Milton Road. Public Works has identified funding for a few of these and will come to the board with a proposal at a later time, Allerton said.
2. Herrick Avenue/Centre Drive crosswalk improvement
Crosswalk improvements will soon be made on Herrick Avenue near Milton’s elementary and middle schools and on Centre Drive near the downtown area.
The Town will be replacing the sidewalk aprons, or transitional areas between the edge of street pavement and a driveway. The Town will also make the crosswalks compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Detectable warning strips will be installed to help those who are blind or visually-impaired.
It’s a joint project, Allerton said, because the Milton Town School District will paint the crosswalks.
“I think we’ll be happy with this,” Allerton said. “I know the school is excited about us doing this.”
How it’s funded: In total, these improvements cost $48,945. The money will come from various sources in the Town’s FY21 budget.
“We were frugal with this one,” Allerton said.
The board approved the project's funding unanimously.