Friday, June 15, 2007
Bids opened for pathway construction
Three bids were opened at noon on Thursday, June 7 for the town pathway construction and paving contract. Project bids were submitted by Allied Paving of Chelmsford, T and K Asphalt Services, Inc. of Whitman, and Sunshine Paving of North Chelmsford. Because of an arithmetic discrepancy it was not immediately clear which firm had the low bid. Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie explained that after reviewing the bids, the Bike/Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee will bring a recommendation to the Selectmen's meeting on June 26.
For several years the Advisory Committee has spearheaded the project to build pathways leading outward from Town Center along four of Carlisle's major roads: 0.6 miles along Bedford Road, 0.5 miles by Concord Street 0.4 miles beside Lowell Street and 0.5 miles beside East Street. The Bedford Road section was originally built in 2004, but weed control problems with the crushed-stone surface led the committee to switch to an asphalt surface with a chip/seal topcoat of river pebbles.
On April 30, Town Meeting authorized spending up to $300,000 in Community Preservation Act funding to resurface the Bedford Road path and use a paved surface for construction of the remaining pathways. According to committee member Jack Troast, this sum will be augmented by $100,000 left from the original $150,000 authorized for the project by Town Meeting in 2003.
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