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Scituate to re-prioritize road maintenance after storm destroys streets

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  February 22, 2013 03:51 PM

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Several roads in Scituate were undermined by the storm.

Scituate may have to put off scheduled road repairs around town while workers deal with the destruction of three residential roads crumbled by Blizzard Nemo.

According to Director of Public Works Al Bangert, Rebecca Road near the Scituate Lighthouse, Glades Road in Minot, and Central Avenue in Humarock received a thrashing from the ocean, which eroded the streets underneath the asphalt and undermined the road.

“High volumes of high velocity salt water [were] pummeling the road and undercutting the edge of road and undermining the road, and the road collapses,” Bangert said.

The damage caused some problems with underlying gas lines in Glades Road; however, the gas company was on scene quickly and any service issues have been resolved, Bangert said.

The biggest existing problem is the roads themselves, which have been filled in with gravel and other material to make them passable.

“But another storm will wash it out,” Bangert said. “It works for a while, but needs constant maintenance.”

Crews hope to start repaving the streets in April, which will require the entire road to be torn up and a new one placed down.

The cost of doing this is unknown, Bangert said, but the money would come from the town’s Chapter 90 allocation from the state as well as the $200,000 the town allocates for roads from a $2.2 million override the town authorized in 2011.

“Undoubtedly it will come from the roadwork money we have, unless it's recognized by [the federal government] as part of the storm and the town would get some sort of reimbursements. Otherwise it will come from highway,” Bangert said.

Scituate is still compiling costs, and damage totals, which are calculated on a countywide basis, will determine if this section of the South Shore is to see any outside aid.

If not, the town will have to re-prioritize other scheduled road maintenance.

Bangert was unsure which items could be on the chopping block, and said it would largely depend on the cost of the newly sprung road problems.

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