Bath selects roads to repair
Bath borough council was informed of the projected roads in need of repair for this coming year by borough Manager Thomas R. Petrucci at the Jan. 7 council meeting.
The six borough roads currently under review by the borough manager for repairs include Christmas Avenue, Park Ridge Drive, Sleepy Hollow Road and Archie Leigh, Broad and Pearl streets.
According to the Borough of Bath Road Condition Ratings Survey, the six roads have a level 2 rating condition. On a scale of one to five, the rating level describes the condition of each road surface.
A level one rating is categorized as a Freshly Paved Surface and a level two rating is a Minor Surface Wear with no immediate repair. However, a rating of two may also indicate the road has some cracks and the beginning of rutting. A slurry seal material maximizes the life span of the roadway.
Level three rating is categorized as a Significant Surface Wear with noticeable cracking, rutting and pothole damage. The base and subbase are in good condition and milling is needed only at the edges of the road.
Level four is a Minor Base Repair that requires complete reconstruction varying from the base to the subbase. The level five rating is a Major Base Repair that requires complete reconstruction varying from the base to the subbase.
In addition to the level ratings, the six roads were selected for their financial criteria at an estimated total cost to repair of $50,379.84. Petrucci said he expects bids to come in lower for the repairs.
Borough President Robert Fields said he hopes if bids come in low that there will be more money to continue with the road repairs.
"This can save them from becoming level fours and fives," commented Borough Vice-President Mark Saginario.
After the meeting, Petrucci, in a telephone interview with The Press, elaborated more on the six roads selected for repairs.
"Listing the roads that the borough expects to repair in 2013 are with the intentions of keeping roads that are fiscally manageable in good condition. The list is subject to change at any time," he said.
The borough expects to receive Highway Aid funding to further the road repairs.