HALIFAX -- Since the Selectboard decided not to accept any bids for guardrails that need replacing, Road Commissioner Brad Rafus reported that he could not repair the guardrails without outside assistance.
"We continue to try and find temporary solutions," said Selectboard Chairwoman Edee Edwards. "The estimates came in at numbers that were nowhere near (our budgeted amount.)"
On Oct. 7, Rafus told the Halifax Selectboard that he did not have the equipment needed to do the work. At a previous meeting, the board discussed temporary solutions for the guardrails on both the Green River Road bridge and the bridge on the bottom of Hubbard Hill.
Rafus had told the board that he would look at what could be done in the meantime, in terms of figuring out what material and equipment was needed for the job.
"In order to put in galvanized posts and uprights, they need to get the existing bolts out and replace them and he does not have the equipment to re-bore concrete," stated the minutes from the Oct. 7 meeting. "He also noted that to put up the jersey barriers on the bridge at the bottom of Hubbard Hill, you still have to drill and put studs in them."
Rafus did not want to put up the barriers due to how narrow that bridge is.
The Selectboard also wanted to receive the costs to fix the guardrails based on state suggestions rather than an independent contractor before it makes a decision regarding the guardrails.
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