This report covers work performed by the Ashby Highway Department between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2000.

Road Mileage Breakdown for the Town of Ashby:

Unaccepted .84, State 11.62, Local 53.21, Total 65.67.

Road Maintenance and Construction:

General cold patching was done on all town roads this year as many times as potholes made it necessary. Spring, midsummer and fall gravel road grading was done on most gravel roads.

Guard Rail Replacement:


General Brush Cutting:

General brush cutting was performed in various locations throughout town. All town roadsides were mowed by a private contractor at a cost of $5,040.00


None purchased this year.


We are currently operating with six employees which is considered full strength. As our newest employees gain more experience, our productivity will also increase.

On a sadder note, the Ashby Highway Department regrettably acknowledges the passing of Percy A. Packard. Mr. Packard joined the highway department in 1971, and served as Highway Superintendent from 1974 thru 1980. Our sympathies go out to his family.

Winter Operations:

All town snow removal equipment was repaired and prepared for service during the summer months. We have stockpiled 3,608.46 tons of winter sand in anticipation of this year’s storms. Note that types of and numbers of storms may make it necessary to bring in more materials. Winter sand pile breaks down as follows:





3,106.73 tons



501.73 tons


Total Stockpile

3,608.46 tons


Total materials expended for last season’s road treatments are as follows: Sand 3,511.64 tons at a cost of $20,999.63 and 791.73 tons of salt for a cost of $23,055.18.

Total for materials expenditures, $44,054.81.

Cross Culverts Replaced:

Two on Crocker Road, one on Russell Hill Road.

Bridge Repairs:

The Rindge Road bridge replacement is underway and the bridge is temporarily open for the winter season’s traffic.

The Wares Road bridge project is still awaiting funding, but hopefully it will be underway during the construction season in 2001. Several poor bridge planks were replaced in the current bridge this fall.

Catch Basin and Dropped Inlet Structure Repairs, Replacements, New Installations:

Quantity Location Action

Dropped inlet 1 Crocker Road Installed

Catch basin 2 Crocker Road Installed

Catch basin 1 West Road Repaired

New Side Drain Installations:

Location Length

Russell Hill Road 446 feet

Crocker Road 1,190 feet

Drainage Maintenance:

All town drainage structures were cleaned. Total number of drainage structures, 358. Total cost of cleaning $3,331.50.

Road Shimming:

This year’s road shimming breaks down as follows:

Location Quantity

Jones Hill Road 170 Tons

Erickson Road 80 Tons

Total for shimming 250 Tons

Total costs $7,875.00

Road Sealing:

Road sealing during the summer season of 2000 was delayed due to weather and time constraints. The sealing should take place during the spring of 2001.

State Chapter 90 Projects:

Preparation work for the projects scheduled for the summer 2000 have been completed. However, due to time constraints and vender availability these projects have been delayed until next Spring.

Town Resurfacing Projects:

Valley Road was resurfaced with pug mill mix for its entire length, between South and Allen Roads.

We had enough material left over to resurface the gravel section of Erickson Road from Valley Road to Camp Middlesex. Project breaks down as follows:

Material Pugg mix: Quantity 1,508.91 tons Cost $41,854.09.

At this time, I extend my thanks to all local contractors who have assisted the Town this year by loaning the Highway Department equipment which it does not possess. I thank all Town Boards and Departments for their cooperation throughout the year. I also thank the Highway Personnel themselves for their year’s service.


William A. Davis

Highway Superintendent