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ASHBY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

This report covers work performed by the Ashby Highway Department between January 1, 1998 and December 31, 1998.

Road Mileage Breakdown for the Town of Ashby:

Local roads

51.79

State roads

11.62

Unaccepted roads:

0.84

Total mileage

64.25

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. Nine hundred and sixty tons of road cold mix was applied to Whitney Road. This material was applied with the town road grader at a materials cost of $25,942.97, which was paid for through state chapter 90 funds.

Guard Rail Replacement and Installation:

Location

Approximate Length ( in feet)

Richardson Road

712.50

South Road

775.00

Turnpike Road

400.00

Jones Hill Road

275.00

Foster Road

206.25

   
Total cost for guard rail:

$25,819.56

This figure includes different rail types and assorted terminal ends. These costs were also state reimbursable under chapter 90.

General Brush Cutting: Brush cutting was performed in various locations throughout town. All town roadsides were mowed by a private contractor at a cost to the town of $4,485.00.

Bridge Repairs: The Wares Road bridge replacement was placed on hold due to lack of federal sub-standard bridge funding. At the time of this report, it is holding until more funds are available.

Personnel: We are currently operating with five people, leaving us one person short. We need to reinstate the sixth position that was filled until 1992. The lack of a sixth person greatly impacts highway operations and when reinstated will help us serve you better. Michael Roberts who originally was hired to cover a position due to an illness has been hired as a full-time regular and is doing a good job for the town.

Equipment: The Town took delivery of a 1999 dump truck with an eleven-foot snowplow.

Winter operations: All town snow removal equipment was repaired and prepared for service during the summer months. We have stockpiled 3000 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:

Materials

Quantity in tons

Cost

     
Sand

3000.00

$17,940.00

Salt

441.64

$13,328.69

Total Stockpile

3,441.64

$31,268.69

Total materials expended for last season’s road treatments are as follows:

Materials

Quantity in tons

Cost

     
Sand

3,551.84

$20,423.08

Salt

968.96

$31,975.68

Total Stockpile

   

Cross Culverts Replaced:

Location

Quantity

Ingerson Road

1

Piper Road

2

Harris Road

2

Old Northfield Road

1

Lower Foster Road

1

Frost Road

1

Whitney Road

3

 

Road Shimming:

Location

Cold Mix in tons

Piper Road

20

Russell Hill Road

30

Dump Road

10

Jones Hill Road

120

George Road

50

Total Tons

 

Total Cost

$7,130.00

Drainage Maintenance: All 319 of the town drainage structures were cleaned at a total cost of $2,983.50

Catch Basins and Dropped Inset Structures:

 

Quantity

Location Action
Catch Basins

1

Whitney Road Installed
Catch Basins

1

New Ipswich Road Repaired
Catch Basins

4

West Road Repaired
Dropped Inlet

1

Piper Road Installed
Dropped Inlet

1

Old Northfield Road Installed
Dropped Inlet

2

Old Northfield Road Replaced
Dropped Inlet

1

Frost Road Installed
Dropped Inlet

1

Whitney Road Installed
Dropped Inlet

1

Whitney Road Replaced

New Side Drain Installation:

Location

Length in feet

Russell Hill Road

480

Piper Road

440

Old Northfield Road

1,140

Whitney Road

320

Frost Road

60

Total

2,440

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 years of service.

  • Respectfully,

    William A. Davis, Highway Superintendent