Town spending on road paving this year will come in at just under $1.2 million, more than double what was spent annually just a few years ago, reflecting an ongoing commitment to bring road conditions up to par.
It took a $250,000 supplemental appropriation last week from the Board of Finance to reach that level, after the low bid came in about 12 percent above what was anticipated only a few months ago. Blame inflation, especially for oil and diesel fuel.
The summer’s paving plan includes portions of Davis Hill Road, Merry Lane, Tannery Lane South, Trails End Road, Farrell Road, and Lords Highway. Town Administrator Jonathan Luiz said the selections give the Town “the most bang for the buck” in the long-range plan and take into account condition and traffic volume.
Davis Hill Road will be paved from Steep Hill Road to Valley Forge Road.
Merry Lane paving goes from the intersection of Georgetown Road and the complete circle of Merry Lane back to Georgetown Road.
Tannery Lane South will be paved from Steep Hill Road to Tannery Lane North.
Trails End Road paving goes from the intersection of Georgetown Road to the intersection of Langner Lane.
Farrell Road will be paved from Steep Hill Road to house number 30.
Paving on Lords Highway goes from Newtown Turnpike to Birch Hill Road.
The roads get the full treatment: two inches of milling and repaving.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated from its original publication to include the portion of Lords Highway to be paved.