September 6, 2017 06:39PM
By Leigh Tauss,
MERIDEN — The city is about seven weeks behind schedule on paving after a contractor milled several city roads in June but a separate contractor has been unable to pave the roads due to inclement weather.
“It’s one of those unavoidable situations that if you have a summer with heavy rain it really messes up the schedule,” said City Manager Guy Scaife.
He said a number of residents have voiced concerns over their roads remaining unpaved.
“We wish it was already paved too and would love not be handling the inquiries,” Scaife said. “It’s just one of those unfortunate, but unavoidable scenarios.”
The city used a competitive bidding process to select Tilcon Connecticut Inc. to mill and All States Materials Group to pave just over five miles of road throughout the city, according to Associate City Engineer Howard Weissberg. The total cost of the project is about $650,000, he said.
Tilcon completed milling Baldwin Avenue, New Hanover Avenue, High Hill Road, Prospect Avenue, Finch Avenue, Kensington Avenue and Pomeroy Avenue in June. Rainy weather delayed other paving projects All States Materials Group had been contracted for in Massachusetts, delaying paving in Meriden for the last seven weeks.
“Part of the challenge was Tilcon was right on time,” Weissberg said. “If we get delayed we expect delays on both ends. Here, the weather issues started right after we milled. It’s just a combination of a number of factors that resulted in the roads being left in a milled condition.”
Typically the city strives to have milling and paving completed sequentially.
“We’ve been doing this for many years. This is the first time we’ve ever had this kind of gap,” Weissberg said.
The roads have remained in a “micro-mill” state, which Weissberg described as “a very drivable milled condition.”
All States Materials Group will be paving the roads with an ultra-thin bonded wearing course, he noted.
Beginning next week, milling will begin on Brooklawn Drive, Pinehurst Drive, Jimmy Lane and East View Terrace with crews working daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents will not be allowed to park on the street while work is occurring and alternating one-way traffic patterns will be put in place.
Weather pending, paving on those roads in addition to the roads milled in June will begin Sept. 25. Weissberg anticipated no major traffic delays, but said a temporary detour will be placed on Finch Avenue.