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Minor sidewalk and road repairs planned for Berlin

8/2/12 | By Nathan Brunet, Staff Writer

BERLIN — A series of minor road and sidewalk upgrades will be performed by the end of September, according to a report given by Berlin Public Works Director Michael Gibbons at Monday’s Berlin Town Hall Mayor and Council Meeting.

“We have identified these areas as the worst,” said Gibbons, who identified North Main and Flower Street, Germantown Road, Franklin Avenue Buckingham Lane as the roads to receive attention for the project.

Germantown Road, which has a section that curves, will be widened and straightened. Cracks on the road will be removed and replaced and work will be done to repair cracks on the shoulder of the road.

Curb work will also be done on a section of Franklin Avenue in a response to deterioration.

The surface of one part of Buckingham Lane is higher in the middle than on the sides of the street. Those sides will be filled with asphalt to even out the road and make it level.

Because of an increase in foot traffic on North Main Street, a crosswalk has been proposed to be placed across the road directly in front of the Berlin Farmer’s Market.

Flower Street’s sidewalk will be extended along the road, “as far as we can with the money we have budgeted this year,” said Gibbons.

Repairs to the sidewalk in front of Berlin Town Hall will also be done.

Gibbons said he plans on doing these minor fixes instead of a major project encompassing more roads and more permanent repairs because a detailed project would take much longer and cost much more money.

“If we do a major project, we’re talking about millions [of dollars], easily,” said Mayor Gee Williams at the meeting.

Berlin will solicit bids from construction companies around the area to perform the work. Bids will open Aug. 15.

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