Contractor to repair downtown crosswalks

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Treatment didn’t bond to asphalt

Amherst town council is going to have a contractor return to repair decorative sidewalks that were damaged over the winter. The work will be covered under warranty.

AMHERST – Amherst is going to repair a number of decorative crosswalks that didn’t fare well through the winter.

Ben Pitman, the town’s director of Transportation and Public Works, said the contractor that installed the crosswalks last fall as part of the Centre First Downtown Action Strategy has agreed to cover the warranty and will return to town soon to repair them.

“The crosswalks appear to have been installed too late in the year to take hold and the contractor has agreed that it’s covered under warranty,” Pitman said Wednesday.

The crosswalks on Havelock and Church Street were installed in September when the weather was cooler. Pitman said the contractor found putting in place late in the season was difficult because warm temperatures are needed to bond the material to the asphalt.

Since the thermoplastic tiles didn’t properly bond they were susceptible to winter weather and took a beating from snowplow blades and from the heating and cooling of the pavement brought on my changing weather conditions.

The town awarded the contract last August to England Paving and Contracting Ltd. for $95,000 plus applicable taxes.

The crosswalks were the latest in several installed in the last two years. Pitman said the decorative crosswalks installed on Victoria Street in 2011 are holding up well. He said there are a couple of chips out of them, but they should be easy to repair.

At town council’s committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday several councillors asked when the crosswalks will be repaired.

Coun. Dave March asked if the work will be done properly so the town is not dealing with the same issue every year, while Deputy Mayor George Baker agreed that it may have been too late in the season to have the crosswalks installed.

“The way they are now they look terrible, but the contractor is coming back to fix them,” Baker said, adding councillors have been getting a lot of calls about the condition of the crosswalks.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Public Works, England Paving and Contracting

Geographic location: Victoria Street

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  • Willie Wonka
    May 23, 2013 - 12:02

    And while they are at it maybe they could change all the ancient white and black crosswalk signs to the MUCH more visible fluorescent yellow-green signs that progressive towns like Yarmouth, Sussex, Shediac and most others are in the process of doing. One heck of a lot more visible and as a result lives ARE being saved. Such a small expenditure for such dramatic results. Spend a few bucks and probably help save a child's life!!!

  • first last
    May 23, 2013 - 09:59

    Good news! Can you get Church St. repaired between East Pleasant and Robert Angus Dr. as well? A strip of paint to try to keep people on one side of the road while attempting to avoid the craters would be helpful too. Speaking of Church and Robert Angus, how about a giant, neon, flashing "the stop line is HERE" sign to hopefully reduce the people that think it's a merging lane onto Robert Angus so there is no need to stop, or even slow down.

  • Joan
    May 23, 2013 - 04:56

    The crosswalks looked nice when they were first done but the same pattern could of been painted on the pavement at a lower cost I am sure and could of been touched up when needed. I agree, the town of Amherst needs to start bringing in some new companies. We do have a skilled work force that unfortunately will be or have recently lost their jobs. Amherst needs jobs not design crosswalks and sidewalks. I guess its a nice walk to the employment office or should I say unemployment office.

  • Bill
    May 22, 2013 - 19:35

    "Crosswalks" Can we get more Disco lights tn the park. That should bring more jobs to Amherst. I think the town would have more important things to think about. Another company is gone from the industrial park. What is their position on that .Are there any new companies looking at Amherst to start up. I think the people are more interested in things like that.