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25 roads are slated for $1.8M in repairs


HOPKINTON — Hopkinton will borrow $1.8 million to address the most urgent cases on a list of 25 roads in need of repairs.

Dye Hill Road, long known for its rough surface, topped the list presented to the Town Council on Monday by Public Works Director Tim Tefft.

“I get complaints almost daily on Dye Hill Road,” Tefft said. “Really, a lot of people complain about that.”

Jim Reynolds, who uses Dye Hill Road to get to his house on Pheasant Drive, is one of those complaining.

“We’ve been patient, because we know of the budget constraints, but it’s gotten to the point, really, where it’s coming to a head. Props and all the credit to the DPW for doing what they can do with that road, especially in the wintertime, but listen, we try to avoid going up that hill. It’s that bad,” he said.

The town has budgeted $78,000 for minor road work such as chip sealing, but Town Council President Frank Landolfi said the time had come to undertake more extensive repairs.

“I think some of these roads are deplorable and we’ve waited too long, and we’re going to have to borrow money,” Landolfi said. “We’ve got $78,000 and that’s going to chip seal a couple of roads. Our debt service is very low, and we’re going to have to bite the bullet and do it.”

Council member Barbara Capalbo said that since Hopkinton does not provide services such as trash collection, the least the town can do is ensure its roads are in good condition.

“We don’t provide water. We don’t provide sewers. We don’t provide electricity. We don’t provide garbage [collection]. We can at least provide roads. And I think that people have been patient and I think it’s wonderful, they’re great citizens, but we really need to address these concerns,” she said.

In the June 10 budget referendum, voters approved a warrant item authorizing the town to borrow up to $2 million for infrastructure repairs. The town is expecting that state and federal funding will defray some of the projects’ costs.

Tefft told the council that other high priority roads include Sawmill Road, Oak Street, Fenner Hill Road, Arrowhead Lane and Deer Trail. Some of the roads will be re-paved, while others will be chip sealed.

An estimate from Cardi Corp. for all 25 roads is a little more than $1.8 million, but Town Manager William McGarry said the town would be soliciting bids on all the road work.

“On all these projects, whether it’s down to be asphalted or it’s chip sealing, we have to go out to bid,” he said.

It is unlikely any of the work will begin before next year.

“It’ll be a while,” Landolfi said. “The chip sealing doesn’t take that long, but some of these roads are in bad shape. They have to be re-paved.”

cdrummond@thewesterlysun.com

@CynthiaDrummon4



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