Work resumes on Scott Road reconstruction

Work resumed this week on the reconstruction of Scott Road in Prospect. –REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN
Work resumed this week on the reconstruction of Scott Road in Prospect. –REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

PROSPECT — Work on the $2 million project to reconstruct Scott Road started Tuesday, according to Mayor Robert J. Chatfield.

In the second phase of the three part project, workers will pave 3,000 feet of road from Maria Hotchkiss Road to Nicholas Court.

Chatfield said workers are finishing putting in storm drains and will start digging out 18 inches of road bed and replacing it with process gravel around June 1. Once the gravel is done, workers will lay down a fresh coat of asphalt.

The road will be open to one lane traffic during most of the construction period, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, Chatfield said.

“I would ask everybody to slow down,” Chatfield said Wednesday, reminding motorists that the speed limit is 25 miles per hour.

He said people complain when the road needs work and while the work is being done. After it’s done, he expects people to complain because they got a speeding ticket.

The more even road should plow better in the winter and drain better, with a crown in the middle so water will flow to the sides. Workers will install 38 new catch basins, compared to six along the entire road currently, Chatfield said.

He said a half-inch skim coat has held the road together through the past two winters, but it’s time to redo the whole thing.

Once it’s paved, the new road will be curbed and seeded on the sides, Chatfield said.

The state Department of Transportation project is funded 20 percent by the state and 80 percent by the federal government, Chatfield said. The town was responsible for the engineering costs.

The project should be over by early fall, he said.

The third phase of the project, to pave the road down to Route 69, is still a few years out.