Westminster council OKs $730,000 bid to repave 19 roads hit hardest by winter

Repairs expected to be finished by mid-November

July 13, 2004|By Athima Chansanchai | Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF

The Westminster Common Council last night approved a $730,000 bid to repair city streets worn down by two unusually harsh winters.

Hampstead-based C.J. Miller was awarded the city's annual roadway paving contract, said Planning and Public Works Director Thomas B. Beyard. He said the repairs are expected to be completed by mid-November.

Beyard said that 19 streets are targeted, including Airport Drive, Tahoma Farm Road, Distillery Lane, Locust Street, Bond Street and Long Valley Road. Staffers rated the city's streets to decide which ones most needed to be repaired.

Two winters of snow, ice and salt have taken a toll on the city's roads, and Westminster officials hope to shore up the streets before another winter hits.

"There are streets that are in pretty bad shape as a result of the two severe winters we've had," said Councilman Thomas Ferguson. "This won't catch them all up, but it will get a lot of it."

Ferguson said the cost is triple last year's repair budget because money normally designated to maintain the city's streets had been diverted last year toward the Uniontown Road project, one which had been a long-standing problem.

A priority for years, the $1.5 million Uniontown Road project included the reconstruction of the road from West Main Street to Route 31. Finished last year, the project included the installation of drainage facilities, sidewalks, a new water line and a new road surface.

"We are really catching up with two years worth of street overlay work," Ferguson said.

He said that residents should expect to see a lot of heavy machinery between now and the November deadline but that any inconveniences will be rewarded by the smoother ride.

A separate project focuses on the reconstruction of Green Street, the site of a sinkhole in June 2003 that reached 50 feet wide and 25 feet deep.

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