Selectmen Approve Resurfacing Project

August 28, 2015


by S. Aaron Shamshoyan

A new surface coat of pavement will cover Bridge Street from the Spicket River to the Methuen, Mass., town line.

Town Engineer Bob Puff sought approval from Selectmen Monday to use funds appropriated for 2015 roadwork as project costs came in below bid.

“We’ve projected that there is going to be some unused finds on one of the projects and some unused contingencies on balance that will enable us to do the milling and overlaying of bridge street that we originally had planned,” Puff said.

Bridge Street work was removed from the road plan as higher-than-expected bids reduced the scope of work that could be done.

The project is estimated to cost $210,000, with this year’s work coming in $280,000 below budget.

“I believe we have enough money in savings to do this road in total,” Puff said.

Selectman Stephen Campbell questioned why a contingency was set for the total cost of the savings.

Town Manager Keith Hickey said a $15,000 buffer could be added and Selectman Michael Lyons agreed.

“I think it’s perfectly reasonable to put an NTE in here,” Lyons said.  “I think once you put it on the warrant you better do it.”

Sidewalks on the road will also be repaired as part of the project.  Hickey said Puff took pictures of failing parts of the sidewalks to determine what would need to be replaced.

“They’re in rough shape,” Hickey said.  “Beyond unsafe.”

The board voted unanimously to fund the project with the contingency added.