MERIDEN – This summer the city will pave about 25 roads as part of its annual road preservation program.
The paving work runs through September and is expected to cost $870,000, according to Public Works Director Howard Weissberg.
The city contracted with two companies – Massachusetts-based All States Materials Group and New York-based Highway Rehabilitation Corporation – for the work. A combination of paving techniques will be used, Weissberg said, including rubberized chip seal, bonded wearing course and hot-in-place asphalt recycling. Descriptions and other information for each technique can be found at managemyroads.com, Weissberg said.
This is the first year the city will be rubber chip sealing some roads, which Weissberg said allows the city to pave more roads because the technique is more cost-effective.
An announcement posted on the city’s website says “no parking” signs will be posted on streets at least one day prior to paving.
The city hopes to have the paving completed by the first week in September – one month earlier than last year – to give the asphalt more time to cure. The city ran into issues last year because temperatures in October and November were significantly colder than average, extending the amount of time it took the new asphalt to cure. Because the asphalt was not set by the first snowstorm on Nov. 16, snowplow blades caused “chattering,” Weissberg said.
“It’s minor scarring of the pavement, it's not damage to the pavement, it's not destroying the pavement,” Weissberg said earlier this year.
The scarring occurred on Murray Street and Liberty Street. All States Materials Group, which performed the paving last year, has agreed to perform corrective work on those streets as part of their work this year at no extra charge, according to Weissberg.
List of roads to be paved in Meriden in 2019
ATKINS ST EXT
GRACEY AVE (South of Fawn Dr to Woodland St)
MAIN ST SM (Cheshire Road to Knob Hill Road)
SYLVAN VALLEY RD