The city of Lebanon is entering paving season and has several roads on its list for 2014.
According to Jeff Baines, commissioner of public works, road maintenance is critical for a couple reasons.
“Safety is certainly an issue,” said Baines. “Secondly for us is, if you don’t maintain them and let them deteriorate to the point as we’ve got one or two now; if you don’t get them resurfaced, you see the alligator cracks starting, all the sudden you get water under there.
“Next thing you know you’ve got big potholes, and if you’re not careful, you could lose your street and all the sudden you’re not resurfacing a street, you’re rebuilding a street,” he said.
There are currently 86 roads on the annual paving contract.
“The council looks at it, and certainly they can take away or add to. If they add to they’ve got to fund it of course, and that hasn’t been a problem so far. I suspect what’ll happen this year is there’ll be a couple streets added and the budget will get amended to cover those roads,” said Baines.
One recent addition to the list is repairs to the railroad crossing on West Main Street near Maple Street.
City council recently approved an appropriation of up to $55,000 to repair the crossing.
According to Jeff Baines, commissioner of public works, the work will likely begin in late May or early June. It will require closing a portion of West Main and detour traffic for the duration of the project, which he said would probably last three or four days.
The funds that are being used for the projects this summer were approved in the 2013-2014 budget, said Baines.
Digital Content Director Sara McManamy-Johnson contributed to this story.