$2.4M in roadwork set for Milford

MILFORD – Voters approved a $2 million bond for roadwork in March, and soon they, and their vehicles, will get some of the benefit of that money.

Over the next two years, 10.4 miles of roads will be reconstructed for a cost of $1.93 million.

About $600,000 will be left over for smaller roads, such as Cottage Street, “that really need it,” Town Administrator Mark Bender told selectmen at the board’s May 8 meeting.

Bender and Public Works Director Rick Riendeau went over the plans for this year and next, when the bond funds and the $300,000 for road maintenance in the annual DPW budget will be spent.

Focus will be on the main travel routes: Osgood, Mason, Whitten, Mont Vernon and Emerson roads. Work on South Street, just past the railroad tracks, will include repairing drainage under the tracks that has been a problem for several years.

In 2016, voters approved a $73,000 bond for storm sewer video inspection equipment that will help the DPW see and work on the drainage system. Two bridges, one on Mason Road and one over Great Brook, are also part of the plan.

Selectmen said the town will let people know when there will be road delays, using the town website and messages through Nixle, the community notification system.

Much of the work will be done over the summer. The cost will average $186,000 per mile.

Among the roads targeted for 2018 are Savage and Ponemah Hill roads, Amherst Street and some of Nashua Street.

Potholes have been a serious issue this year, with the DPW using more than 50 tons of patching material.

“A lot of roads have really taken a beating,” Riendeau said.

Selectmen voted unanimously in favor of Riendeau soliciting bids for two contractors to do the work.

Selectman Kevin Federico suggested the notifications include some explanation of terms, such as “mill and fill,” that most residents are unfamiliar with. Selectman Mike Putnam noted that Garden Street is probably the worst road in town.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100 or kcleveland@cabinet.com.