Road paving began today (Monday, August 2) a bit earlier than expected.
Town officials learned on Friday that the contractor had finished another job early and was good to go in Weston.
Department of Public Works personnel (pictured above, this morning on Steep Hill Road) were already in motion preparing basin caps ahead of the contractor crews.
All or part of eight roads are set for full milling and paving. Because it is possible work will remain to be done after school starts, busier roads are at the top of the list. In order, subject to change as conditions and resources warrant:
Picking up the pace
Langner Lane and Tobacco Road nearly fell off the list. The Town’s budget for paving increased about 50 percent this year, all part of a multi-year plan to rapidly bring all Weston public roads up to acceptable standards and reduce costs as only routine maintenance is needed in years ahead.
But by the time bids came in and contingencies were added, the total available came up short of what is needed to do all eight roads targeted for improvement.
So, on July 28, the Board of Selectmen requested a $240,000 supplemental appropriation to allow all eight to be done. That evening, the Board of Finance approved.
Editor’s note: This article is essentially an update of our July 30 story.