Rockingham plans paving projects

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BELLOWS FALLS — The "worst heavily-travelled road" in Rockingham will get some attention this summer.

Pleasant Valley Road, which connects the village of Saxtons River to Route 103, will not get a full rebuild this year, said Everett Hammond, Rockingham's public works director. 

But in an effort to buy the town some time, he said, both ends of the 4.68 mile-long road will be milled and receive a one-inch thick "shim" or coat of pavement, he said.

He said Pleasant Valley Road is in the worst shape of the heavily-used roads in town, but he said there are probably other, shorter roads that are even worse. He said that in all, about 50 percent of Pleasant Valley Road would see some attention.

He said the Rockingham Town Highway crew spends a lot of time filling potholes on the heavily traveled road, so the "mill and shim" project would cut down on the maintenance of the road, as well as give motorists a smoother surface.

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"We're trying to buy some time," he said. "It's the worst, heavily-traveled road in town," he said. He said Pleasant Valley Road needs a total rebuild, but the town has not discussed such a project in any depth as yet. Any rebuild would likely be spread out over several years, he said.

The Rockingham Select Board approved the paving schedule for the summer of 2019 last week, and the list, in addition to Pleasant Valley Road also includes Lower Bartonsville Road, Upper Bartonsville Road, Town Farm Road, Town Highway 70, and Brockways Mill Road. He said 4,000 feet of Brockways Mill Road will receive a chip seal treatment, to preserve the road bed. Brockways Mill Road was rebuilt over thee years about 10 years ago. Lower Bartonsville will receive a shim or one-inch coat of pavement, followed by chip seal, and Upper Bartonsville and Town Farm Road will receive an overlay of pavement and then chip seal. He said the town will be spending $409,000 on paving this year, with paving going to Bazin Brothers Co. of Westminster for $282,000 and All States Asphalt being paid $127,760.

He said he expects the first section of paving will start sometime in June or July.

Another big construction project includes replacing the water and sewer lines on Burt, Blake and Park streets in Bellows Falls, but that project is being paid for by the water and sewer users of Bellows Falls. Hammond said the town of Rockingham is contributing the cost of the gravel base needed to rebuilt the road after the new municipal services are installed. Those three roads will be paved, he said. That project probably won't be completed until the fall.

Contact Susan Smallheer at ssmallheer@reformer.com or at 802 254-2311, ext. 154.


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