June 19, 2018
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Houlton lists roads, sidewalks to fix using voter-approved $1 million bond

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

HOULTON, Maine — With the town poised to take hold of a $1 million bond to fix its roads and sidewalks, municipal officials have sketched out a preliminary list of which roads and sidewalks will be revamped with the money.

“We anticipate that we will get the bond money on May 28,” Town Manager Doug Hazlett said late last week. “We have opened bids for the project, and I expect that we will approve a company to do the work at our next meeting.”

During a special election in March, voters approved a measure to use the bond to fix roads and sidewalks that have crumbled and decayed over the years.

The bond is expected to be paid off over 20 years.

Town officials have said that they have graded the roads on how badly they are damaged so that the worst roads can be done first.

According to the preliminary list, busy streets such as South Street, which leads to two of the schools in the town, will be targeted early, as will Market Square, Highland Avenue, Main Street and Mechanic Street. Cooks Brook Road, which has never been paved, will be fitted with recycled hot top.

Willard, Summer, Green, South, School and Main streets, among others, will have sidewalks revamped or created.

Other major streets and sidewalks will be targeted.

“We are doing a substantial amount of work on our paved roads, and we also want to bring some of our gravel roads up to snuff,” Hazlett said.

He noted that it would be a busy summer with the road and sidewalk work and the construction in Market Square of a $2.5 million, three-story apartment complex by Coastal Enterprises Inc.

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