MILO, Maine — As work continues on the Route 11 project to repave the travelway from the West Main Street bridge to the Brownville town line, similar construction could be a possibility in the future as the selectmen discussed several items with Public Works Supervisor Glenn Ricker during a recent meeting.
“We have changed out a number of culverts, they pop up due to frost,” Ricker said about some work done over the last few months in response to residents’ concerns. “We put a new catch basin in behind Elaine’s, we put a new cross pipe in and took out the old one.”
Ricker said another pipe was lowered near the medical building at the edge of the Eastern Piscataquis Business Park on Route 11. He said this work done by the town crew was finished before the surface paving.
When asked, Ricker said when the budget process starts in the upcoming few months for the next fiscal year there will be new equipment included in the preliminary request for public works. Selectmen chairman Lee McMannus said funds for both equipment and paving have ended up being cut from the budget for a number of years dating back to his time serving on the budget committee, but soon these monies may need to be included in the financial plans.
“If we want economic development in town, we will need to fix the roads,” McMannus said. He said expenses for paving and the necessary equipment may need to go out to a bond in order to be funded.
“$3 [million] to $5 million to do it and do it right” was a ballpark figure to make the all the needed improvements to the roads throughout Milo, McMannus said.