The culvert project on the Sugarbush Access Road is behind schedule, according to Warren Department of Public Works director Barry Simpson, who updated town officials on the status of the work this week.

Simpson spoke to the board at a September 28 meeting.

The section of the Sugarbush Access Road was closed to traffic on August 4 so the town could complete the replacement and repair of the town culverts; the project was scheduled to be completed by August 18, by G.W. Tatro.

SHIFTED FOCUS

Simpson told select board members, "The focus has shifted entirely to the section of pipeline from the top of the steep hill above the fire pond," where workers have starting laying pipe.

Currently, Simpson said, there is no fire protection since the water in the pipe has been drained. G.W. Tatro said they plan to hook up the water for the weekend starting October 1 and unhook it again to continue work into next week.

According to Simpson, the state requires that ground disturbance be completed by October 1.

CREW IS SMALLER

Given the timeframe, Simpson said, it is likely that all of the paving will have to be completed in one week, from October 11 to 15, including the culvert paving.

Select board member Anson Montgomery called Simpson the "boots on the ground" and asked why the project was now a month past its completion deadline.

"The momentum shifted significantly when they moved down the hill; they're anxious to get out of the road," Simpson said.

In addition, Simpson said, "People keep disappearing; the machinery is getting sent away. The crew is smaller and the machinery is less capable."

NOT TAKING IT SERIOUSLY

Montgomery expressed his concerns about people driving over "all different kinds of pavement."

"It seems the contractor is not really taking it as seriously," he said.

Select board member Bob Ackland said that the Sugarbush pipeline that is currently being replaced after it burst last December will need to be pressurized by November 1.

HEADWALLS

There are still two culverts and several headwalls that need to be installed, Simpson said, and he said he thinks they should consider walking up the road to look at the culverts with Road Foreman Ray Weston.

Select board chair Andy Cunningham said that potential settling and other concerns will be dealt with in the spring and, if needed, the appropriate parties will be addressed.

The project will cost approximately $63,000.

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