BRATTLEBORO -- Paving work on a section of Western Avenue is tentatively scheduled for the third week of August.
A contract with The Lane Construction Corporation was approved by the Selectboard on July 15. The State has agreed to reimburse the Town for work on this Class 1 road up to $150,000.
The work will begin near Brattle Street and then west to Edward Heights, and only the traveled portion of Western Avenue from white fog line to white fog line is being resurfaced.
First a milling machine will remove three-quarters-of-an-inch of existing asphalt along each fog line, tapering to zero at six feet in. Then this area will be resurfaced at an average depth of three-quarters-of-an-inch, raising the center line depth and matching flush at the fog lines.
In a few areas, milling will go all the way to edge of pavement such as at the bridge near Melrose Street and a section near Brookside Drive where the edge is very rough. This work raises the road crossslope, which should help keep standing water off the road. This fix needs to last up to three years, when the state should have funding to fully resurface the road.
All work is planned for night time, starting after 6 p.m. to avoid the very long backups that would occur during the day. The contractor estimates the milling will be completed in one night and resurfacing in two nights. Town personnel will do the line striping after the contractor has completed their work.
The town’s regular summer paving, also by Lane Construction, is scheduled for about the same time.