Monday November 19, 2012

JAMAICA-- Route 8 is the next order of business for Jamaica in the aftermath of Irene.

"Quite a bit of Route 8 got washed away," said Alexa Clark, Selectboard chair.

Approximately a 1/4-mile of the road was taken down as the area flooded. It was the middle section of Route 8.

A temporary road was created behind several homes that now has to be put back to its original spot. It had been set up for people to have access to Wardsboro. Cars traveling toward Route 30 also benefited from the road.

It is only a small section of Route 8 that needs to be replaced, but the temporary road has to be taken off the private properties it ran behind.

On Nov. 12, Selectboard members voted to accept GPT Maintenance’s bid to restore the part of Route 8 that had temporarily been on private property.

GPT’s bid was one of two bids that the board received. The bid estimated the project to cost $2,480, while the other bid submitted by Raymond Smith Excavating was for $2,762.50. GPT is based out of Townshend.

GPT should begin replacing the temporary road sometime this week. The owner has go to the town hall to sign paperwork and submit insurance in the next couple of days.

There is still some more work to be done on Route 8 after the winter, according to Clark.

"I believe that we’ll need to put in more fill and put up some more guardrails. We won’t be able to do it until next year, because construction season is coming to an end."

A video on YouTube, "Irene Flood Damage Jamaica Vermont Old Route is Just Gone," shows just where Route 8 was destroyed in the storm.

Water Street was another area that Irene had caused significant damage to. Four houses were washed away and reconstruction efforts will be part of next year’s construction plans and Selectboard agenda.

There is temporary access to Water Street. All four houses were residential and the people who had been taken out of the homes as a result have been living in other places until construction is completed.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com.