Newtown officials have released a road plan for the coming year. There is a large emphasis to correct drainage problems. In many cases, those projects are the pre-cursor to paving.
The Public Works Department is digging up the road first for drainage, so crews don't have to destroy freshly paved roads. But Director Fred Hurley cautioned that in some cases that's not an option due to undetected structural issues.
In addition to complete road reclamation and mill and pave projects, a number of roads will be patch paved or resurfaced with chip seal to provide a smooth riding surface. Some of the road program work involves guiderail repairs and replacement.
All of those treatments combined will be applied to about 24.6 miles of roadway.
In order to keep the bridge maintenance program on schedule, crews will crack seal joints and recondition the bridge decks on Turkey Hill and Buttonshop roads. Two bridges are scheduled for reconstruction, which were delayed because of permitting issues. Those are Meadowbrook and Brushy Hill over Deepbrook. The bridge funding is separate from road funding.