Summer Paving Program

Published July 17, 2012 | Department of Public Works | Automatically Archived on 8/24/2012

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 This year’s paving program started on July 9th with the reclamation of Old Lancaster Road from Hudson Road to Concord Road.  Pheasant Avenue, Meadow Drive and Nashoba Road were also reclaimed.  The binder should be down on the streets by Wednesday if everything goes according to plan.  All four streets will be paved with a final coat including Gerry Drive, Pine Ridge Road and Washbrook Road.  Powdermill Road from Tavern Circle to the Town line has been resurfaced.

 Remaining streets scheduled for paving this summer are Briar Patch Lane, Hollow Oak Drive, Oak Hill Road, Hop Brook Lane, Nobscot Road (from Dudley Road to Framingham town line), Bowker Drive (from Ford Road to Elsbeth Road), Saunders Road, and Wayside Inn Road (from Route 20 to the Wayside Inn).  Paving is expected to be finished before school reopens in September.

 One lane will remain open on the main roads.  Residents will have access to their street.  Please expect delays during the resurfacing projects.

State Chapter 90 Funds Road Paving Project

Q. What is the Chapter 90 Program?

A. The Chapter 90 Program was enacted on March 23, 1973, by vote of the Public Works Commission to entitle municipalities to reimbursement of documented expenditures under the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 90, Section 34, Clause 2(a) on approved Projects. The Funds provided from Transportation Bond Issues authorizes Capital Improvement Projects for Highway Construction, Preservation and Improvement Projects that create or extend the life of Capital Facilities. Funds must be allocated to roadway projects, such as resurfacing and related work (the minimum for resurfacing shall be 3/4" course with a continuous length of 500') and other work incidental to the above such as preliminary engineering including State Aid/Consultant Design Agreements, right-of-way acquisition, shoulders, side road approaches, landscaping and tree planting, roadside drainage, structures (including bridges), sidewalks, traffic control and service facilities, street lighting (excluding operating costs), and for such other purposes as the Department may specifically authorize.

Q. Can these funds be used for other purposes besides road work?

A. No, these grant funds from the state are limited to projects approved by Massachusetts Highway division of the Department of Transportation.

Q. How does the state determine how much money each town/city will receive?

A. The state uses a formula that factors in a community’s road miles for accepted roads (58.33%); population (20.83%) and employment (20.83%) using data from other state departments.