June 16 2015

Pothole Repair Progressing Nicely

By: Phil Gallagher

According to Jeff Foxworthy, New England has four seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter, and road construction. According to John Sanchez, Burlington DPW Superintendent we are well into season 4.

You might think that this winter was terribly unusual, but not so, says Mr. Sanchez. This pothole season was no worse than in the past, primarily because of Burlington's commitment to spending on its roads. In fact, this year mirrored 2008 and 2009 almost exactly. In the Winter of 2008-09, the snow spending was $1,094,000 while this winter the spending was $1,095,000. Mr. Sanchez did hasten to point out one difference: although there were fifteen snow events in both years, this year's fall came almost entirely in a 30-day period, leaving some very weary snow crews.

This season's pothole repair is almost complete and the town will now enter the full reconstruction period. A budget of almost $2,000,000 has be awarded to Aggregate Industries for construction. Some of the major projects will include Terrace Hall Ave, Wilmington Road, and the Middlesex Turnpike Extension, among others.

The major source of funding has come from a $3,000,000 appropriation by Town Meeting last year, but also includes Chapter 90 money, which is contributed by the state. This totals over $1.5 million over the last two years, which also came with a promise from Governor Baker to make sure of at least level or increased funding in the future. The state, through Governor Baker, also sent another $161,000 year for pothole repairs.

All in all, it was a very severe winter, but Burlington's roads are none the worse for wear and are now well on their way to being back to normal.


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