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Is There Progress In Road Repairs?

Published: August 06, 2018 at 12:00 am

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To the Editor:

Seems there has been a lot of "talk" about fixing our roads in Newtown. When we all voted to increase the budget to repair our roads, I don't think voters knew that the amount they approved was only going to address a very small part of the problem. Based on what I've read in The Bee, it looks like the funding will only address approximately ten percent of the repaving that is required. Maybe we should have asked voters what percentage of the roads they would like to see repaved, coupled with their approval to spend the corresponding amount.

Anyway, we are in the month of August. That leaves five months to at least complete the work that has already been financially approved before winter hits us and blacktop is no longer available or snow prevents work being done. I'd be curious to know how much and how many miles of the repaving plan has been completed in July and August as well as how much has been spent thus far. Is this reported on monthly? Can The Bee publish this for the good citizens of Newtown to see what progress is being made? When it comes to road repairs in Newtown, I found you have to inspect what you expect.

It might be a good idea to also age the actual service requests on the Newtown Service system too. I've seen the same red flags reporting road issues on Taunton Lane for weeks. It's a nice system to identify problems, but if they are not fixed on a timely basis, what good is it?

Joe Skrzypczak
3 Glenmor Drive, NewtownAugust 6, 2018

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