(This story was first published in the September 26, 2013 edition of the Vermont Standard.)
By Virginia Dean, Standard Correspondent
BRIDGEWATER — Select Board members approved the re-grading of a 425-foot section of the North Bridgewater Road to be turned into blacktop next month.
The nod came on the heels of a proposal made by Selectman and Road Foreman Randy Kennedy Tuesday afternoon at a Select Board meeting.
“It would be beneficial to do it because it would solve a lot of issues in that one spot,” said Kennedy.
The stretch includes the road in front of resident Phoebe Standish’s house to the crest of the hill just beyond. Currently, there is white hard pack substance that Kennedy said has not held, no matter what kind of work has been done to it.
“We’re losing that part of the road,”said Kennedy.“That’s the worst part of the hill, right in front of (Standish’s) house. It’s got every kind of material on it right now and nothing stays. It all ends up on the field.”
The estimated cost for the job is $13,500 and would come out of the town budget line item that this year amounts to $16,000, Kennedy said.
“We have the money to do it,” Kennedy said. “We have a major problem there. Every one of these hard rains wipes the road out. It’s an erosion problem.”
Kennedy and his crew will prepare the road, and Blak Top of Lebanon, N.H., will lay the black top.
“This will keep the water from eroding the road,” said Kennedy. “We want to keep the water on the road until it gets to the culvert.”
Standish has been informed, Kennedy said.
In other business, the Merikaarto Bridge in Chateauguay will be removed on Sept. 26 and a new foundation poured the next day. There will be a new bridge deck put in on Oct. 7 after it has cured, set and dried for a week.
Kennedy will repair some washout around the small bridge on Standish Road in West Bridgewater. An excavator will be hired to move the two yards of concrete foundation abutment and pack it with fill.
The next Select Board meeting will be held on Oct. 8 and again on Oct. 22, both at 4:30 p.m. The office will be closed on Oct. 14.
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