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$175K for Swain Road repair work
RUMFORD -- Last week, the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee approved taking $175,000 from undesignated funds to cover costs for Swain Road damage from Tropical Storm Irene.
That recommendation includes buying and installing a twin box culvert in the Bean Brook washout of the road.
Now it's up to voters attending the special town meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, in Rumford Falls Auditorium to provide final approval for the project to move forward.
Town Manager Carlo Puiia said, "FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) will pay 75 percent of the cost of what was originally there, but because of mitigating circumstances, rather than put the old culvert back, we're going to put a twin box-cut culvert."
That money will be returned to undesignated funds.
The previous bridge of metal culverts washed out on Aug. 29 by Irene. Rumford logger Jim Nicols of Nicols Brothers Logging Inc. donated and installed a logging bridge to temporarily span the gap on Sept. 2.
On Oct. 20, selectmen approved a twin box culvert bid for Swain Road at a cost of $99,855 from the George O. Roberts Precast Concrete Products of Alfred.
At a pre-bid construction meeting held last week with interested contractors on behalf of the town by Main-Land Development Consultants of Livermore Falls, Puiia said delivery of the box culvert is expected within two weeks following the vote.
“From the day it's delivered, there's a four-week period that it must be installed,” Puiia said.
Should the contractor exceed that time, fines will be levied per day, he said.
“But from the consensus of the contractors who were at the meeting, they estimate two weeks, give or take a few days, so we will be interrupting the traffic on that road for that period of time,” Puiia said.
“Unfortunately, it's going to be somewhere in the holiday season,” he said.
He said there isn't a definite date yet, but signs warning drivers that the bridge will be out will be placed along the road and Swain Road area residents will be notified by mail of the road closure.
Additionally, Puiia said the dates for the closure and work will be advertised in local newspapers.
Selectman Brad Adley asked Puiia to ensure that Black Mountain of Maine ski resort is notified of the pending work and road closure.
Adley said the ski area will host the 2012 U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships from Jan. 2-8, and skiers and fans frequently use Swain Road to access Isthmus Road and the ski area rather than taking the long way around on Routes 2 and 120.
“Hopefully, it will be done by then,” said Board Chairman Greg Buccina.
Puiia said part of the project contract requires the contractor to remove the logging bridge.