Waitsfield's summer paving projects are expected to get started by the end of July, as soon as the town can replace two culverts. The culvert bids came in high and the town is seeking more funding for them.
The paving projects include North Road, Tremblay Road and the long-awaited and much-discussed shim of Joslin Hill Road. The town put all three projects out to bid as a package and received three bids that ranged from $240,651 to $258,300.
At Town Meeting this year voters approved the town borrowing up to $65,000 over five years to pave Tremblay and North Roads and approved an additional amount of up to $75,000 over five years to shim Joslin Hill Road.
The contract was awarded to S.T. Paving, the high bidder, and the contract does not include the line striping. A VTrans contractor will paint the center lines on North Road and Joslin Hill Road once paving is complete and the town will have to hire a contractor to stripe Tremblay Road.
Because the Waitsfield covered bridge and Bridge Street are closed, there is currently much less traffic than usual on Joslin Hill Road, but there is much more traffic on Tremblay and North Roads. Paving projects are expected to be wrapped up by mid-August.h more traffic on Tremblay and North Roads. Paving projects are expected to be wrapped up by mid-August.