4/20/2015 - 2015 Road Projects
There is lots of activity on Suffield roads after this difficult winter. The Town has about 78 miles of roads to maintain. There are three different types of projects in process :
1) Road reconstruction projects funded through the 2012 bonding initiative. This calendar year we should see the following roads being reconstructed :
A new cul-de-sac at the end of Branch Road
Copper Hill Road – south from Mountain Road to 2nd Stratton Farms Rd 1.09
Mapleton Avenue – Halladay Avenue East to East Street 1.09
Remington Street 0.97
Suffield Street – RR Underpass south to Mather Street 0.73
Colson Street 0.47
Hale Street – Spencer St to Beyond Spencer Brook (approx. 1,500 ft) 0.28
North Stone Street – Oak Street to Colson Street 1.07
Oak Street 0.27
Total 5.97 miles estimated cost $3,073,000
Typically, road reconstruction entails drainage work is completed first followed by pulverizing/grading, paving and restoration with some time intervals between each of these activities performed by different contractors.
As a frame of reference, road reconstruction typically costs between $350,000 - $1,000,000 per mile based on the level of degradation of the road.
2) Contracted work necessitated by the harsh winter.
Portions of the following streets have been marked with ‘start’ and ‘end’ lines identifying areas where pot holes will be filled and the area will be overlayed with pavement. This is meant to be a shorter term fix until these roads are reconstructed in the future. The cost of this project is about $250,000 and should be completed over the next 4-5 weeks.
Portions of the following streets:
Boston Neck Road
Halladay Ave East
Halladay Ave West
Suffield Street (portions not included in bonding funds)
Thrall Avenue **
** Thrall Avenue will be reconstructed in 2016 100% funded by a State LOTCIP grant. This will include drainage and pavement improvements
3) Other pot holes and small road maintenance projects in town are being addressed by the Highway Department. The asphalt plants are now open so ‘hot patch’ is being used to fill in and stabilize pot holes.
The eight Highway Department employees work on a host of other activities including:
Town Building Maintenance
Small Road Maintenance including drainage
Mowing of all town property (150 acres)