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Town Council Wants to Speed Up Watertown Road Construction Schedule

A move in the process could prevent delayed road repairs, such as have occurred this year.

Many road projects scheduled for the 2012 construction season will not be completed until the spring of 2013, but the Town Council wants to avoid this in future years.

The delay is due in part to a late start in the process, said Public Works Superintendent Gerald Mee. The work did not go out to bid until late July.

Town Councilor Cecilia Lenk said that means much of the prime construction time was missed.

“We are missing most of the summer if not all of the fall,” Lenk said.

The whole road repair process needs to move back, said Town Councilor Vincent Piccirilli said.

“We are having the council approve projects in August for projects that should be done over the summer,” Piccirilli said. “We need to move the process back four months.”

In order to have projects ready to go for the summer construction period, the council should vote to approve funds in March or April, said Town Auditor Tom Tracy.

Moving up the schedule will also require more long-range planning. Lenk said she would like to see a list of projects for future years, including those which do not yet have a funding source.

Once the new system is in place, it will be easy to follow, said Town Council President Mark Sideris.

“The painful part will be getting started the first time,” Sideris said. “Once it is in place it will be followed more easily in other years.” 

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