BEACON FALLS — The list of roads town officials are hoping to repair through a bond package has grown to three.
In April, the Board of Selectmen discussed a plan to bond up to $2.3 million for road repairs. Burton Road was the first road officials put in their sights. Highland Avenue and Noe Place are now on the list, as well.
Town Engineer James Galligan explained at Monday’s Board of Selectmen meeting that the plan is to reconstruct Highland Avenue and reclaim Noe Place, in addition to the work on Burton Road. He said the work for all three roads is estimated to cost $2.1 million.
The reconstruction of Highland Avenue includes milling and replacing the pavement, widening the road near Laurel Ledge School, and reconstructing portions of the sidewalk, Galligan said.
Galligan said the profile of Highland Avenue is flat and it does not allow the water to run directly to the gutters and drains, which leads to potholes and cracks.
“The pavement is pretty well destroyed,” Galligan said.
Galligan said the work will also include relocating some telephone poles along the road.
“The telephone poles are in the street. I’m surprised people don’t drive into them more often,” Galligan said. “Even though they don’t, they don’t belong there.”
The work on Highland Avenue is estimated to cost $525,000, Galligan said. He said the town received a $200,000 Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant to pay for part of the work.
First Selectman Christopher Bielik said the combination of the STEAP grant and the bond will allow the town to completely reconstruct Highland Avenue.
“Between the two, from the entrance on Burton Road all the way to the end of the cul-de-sac, it will take Highland Avenue to a place it hasn’t seen in years,” Bielik said.
As for Noe Place, Galligan said, there is a lot of water that comes off the hill along the street and the pavement has broken up over the years.
Noe Place needs to be completely reclaimed, Galligan said. This means the pavement needs to be dug up and replaced.
In addition, the median that is currently along the road will be removed, he said.
Galligan said he expects the work, which encompass 800 feet of road, to cost approximately $155,000.
Officials previously discussed a plan to issue a 10-year bond and pay it back using the money the town receives from the state for road work and $500,000 from a general fund surplus transfer.
On Wednesday night the Board of Finance discussed the bond package.
Board of Finance Chairman Jack Levine said the board was supportive of the idea when it just included Burton Road and didn’t see why the board wouldn’t support the inclusion of these two other roads.
The Board of Selectmen now needs to vote on the bond package before sending it to the Board of Finance for its official blessing.
After that occurs the bond package will need to go to a town meeting to be approved.