The Council’s Public Works subcommittee approved a list of six Watertown roads to be repaired in 2016 on Thursday night.
The Department of Public Works recommended the half dozen roads to be fixed using the $2.5 million budgeted for street and sidewalk repairs.
The streets on the list are:
- Edenfield Road, from Main Street to Warren Street
- Hillside Road, from Belmont Street to Hillcrest Circle
- Hillcrest Circle
- Grenville Road
- Merrill Road
- Purvis Street
All of the streets will be completely torn up and repaved on top of a new foundation. They will also get concrete sidewalks with granite curbing, said Public Works Superintendent Gerald Mee.
The streets also have undergone utility work, replacing either water or gas mains, or both, said Town Engineer Matthew Shuman.
Last year, the streets on the list had another form of repair, mill and overlay, where the top layer of asphalt is ground up and re-lain.
The Councilors wanted to know how the streets were chosen. Road condition is one of the main factors, but they do not want to redo a road that will be ripped up to put in a new gas or water main, Mee said. Gas mains are the biggest priority because National Grid must replace its old metal pipes with plastic ones.
The town is working with the utilities to get more streets ready for repairs in future years.
“We have an aggressive schedule, through a lot of hard work and collaboration from both sides,” Mee said.
The DPW is also creating a database of conditions for each road in town, including wear and tear on the road, the sidewalk condition, the number of manholes and catch basins and curb cuts, Shuman said.
Councilor Tony Palomba requested the DPW come up with a list so that streets can be prioritized. Councilor Susan Falkoff suggested the list take into account the street condition and whether utility work has been done.
Mee said that the DPW would work on that.
Some of the roads on the 2015 have not yet been completed. Evans Street is in progress and work will begin in the spring in Fifield Street, Lowell Avenue and raised traffic tables on Church Street.
Councilor Aaron Dushku asked if the planning could start earlier so bids can also go out and work can be started earlier in the year. Mee said the DPW is prepared to do that.
The members of the subcommittee agreed to have the meeting to approve the streets to be repaired in 2017 in October 2016.
Meanwhile, the DPW is also working on preparing major projects, such as installing a rotary in the intersection of Common Street, Orchard Street and Church Street, and the major renovation of Mt. Auburn Street, Mee said.
They will have the projects designed and ready for when the town is able to get funding from the state or some other source, Mee said.