Bristol to begin upgrading storm drainage

BRISTOL — Bristol selectmen have signed bond papers and notes that gave the final go-ahead to a $1.38 million stormwater system improvement project in the village.
The project will replace waterlines from South Street to the Bristol Elementary School and the old clay tiles that made up the storm sewer in that part of the village. The project also calls for replacing the roadway from curb to curb along North Street.
Almost half of the funding for the project — $607,950 in total — will be covered by economic stimulus funding from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009.
Green Mountain Engineering in Williston is providing engineering services, and Munson Earth Movers won the contract for the construction project.
Bristol voters in late August approved a bond for what was then expected to be a $1.5 million upgrade, OK’ing the improvements by a tally of 142-87.
According to the bond documents that the selectboard signed the first week in February, construction is supposed to start on May 17. Selectman Alan Huizenga, who works as the president of Green Mountain Engineering, said construction will begin earlier if weather permits.
The work will begin at the stormwater sewer outlet at the base of South Street and move up to the town’s main intersection of South, North, West and Main streets before continuing toward the school.
The timing means that construction work at the school will take place over the summer, while classes are not in session. The project is expected to stretch into the fall, but Huizenga said that includes scheduled time for clean up after construction.
Huizenga said the contractors are also aware of the town’s Fourth of July and Pocock Rocks festivals slated for this summer.
“We plan to not be in the way,” Huizenga said. “It might not be as pretty as it usually is, but we won’t be in the way.”
Town Administrator Bill Bryant is estimating that the town’s yearly bond payments will be around $37,180.
Reporter Kathryn Flagg is at kathrynf@addisonindependent.com.


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