, Derry, New Hampshire


May 15, 2014

Springtime paving projects keep crews busy

Town road crews are out in force

DERRY — Temperatures are rising and road crews are out in force with asphalt and spreaders.

Crews did resurfacing work on a long list of roads last week, including Tsienneto, Adams Pond, Old Chester Road, Bedard and Hunter.

The town has a Roadway Management Program that keeps roads in need of the most repair on that list, according to Public Works Director Michael Fowler. That includes pavement management and what roads need help most.

Fowler said a computer data base aids in the paving management work, helping make the list of what is needed where and what repairs should be done.

“We come up with that list of roads,” he said.

It’s also a predictable way to prioritize where work is needed and how to budget for it, Fowler said.

Right now, there is approximately $1.45 million in that management program, he said. The state also supports the town’s road management with block grants.

Fowler said paving season is typically short, with work done through October and then again in the spring.

He said Derry does a good job budgeting for the work, a “pay as you go” philosophy that keeps the town ahead of any major repairs and getting work done before bigger problems occur.

This past winter did put a dent in Fowler’s budget for snow removal.

At a Town Council meeting May 6, he requested a supplemental appropriation of $106,399 from a Winter Snow/Ice Control Fund to help offset costs due to the harsh winter, mostly for extra plowing and sanding hours.

“The (Public Works) division budget has historically been established for an average winter but the number of operations in the winter 2013-2014 has far exceeded the average winter,” Fowler said.

Those operations included 54 salting operations and 27 plow operations requiring staff overtime and contract equipment costs, along with buying rock salt and diesel fuel.

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