The Valley’s only stoplight was installed last week on the Sugarbush Access Road, making the road one way through a stretch where the road is slumping dangerously.
The stoplight will be in place for two to three weeks while the town works with contractors to figure out what caused the slump and how to fix it. The project is estimated to cost $5,000 to $6,000 per day.
At an emergency meeting July 15, Warren Select Board members hired Dubois Construction to fix the slump in the Sugarbush Access Road.
At that meeting, select board chair Andy Cunningham said that he and Department of Public Works director Barry Simpson had met with Rae Washburn of Dubois Construction to discuss fixing the slump.
Washburn told town officials that the project would take two to three weeks because it is a very steep slide that would require opening up the road and digging down to the bottom to see what the problem is.
According to Town Administrator Cindi Hartshorn-Jones, the slump in the road has existed for several years; the town kept adding pavement but this year the slump deepened substantially.
“The select board had to take action to fix the slump prior to the paving project,” Jones said.
On Town Meeting Day, voters unanimously approved Article 7 to fund the Sugarbush Access Road repaving project at a cost of $375,000. The project consists of paving an eight-tenths-of-a-mile section of road starting in the vicinity of Gold Hill Road and ending near Wheeler Brook.
Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Dubois should complete the road project by the end of next week. A notice of award for the Sugarbush Access Road paving project has not been issued, but Jones estimated that the work could begin the week of August 22.
Dubois has to complete the emergency slump project before the paving project begins due in part to stormwater permit requirements.
Details about road closures have not been determined as of yet.
A temporary stoplight was installed last week reducing traffic to a single lane. Members of the town highway department removed vegetation as well as the guardrail in preparation for the work.
The next meeting of the Warren Select Board is scheduled for Tuesday, August 9, at 7 p.m.