Warren reaches paving settlement
Warren — After more than six months of deliberation and investigation, Warren and paving contractor Vaughn Thibodeau, Inc. have come to terms on how to repair roads that were deemed unacceptable due to quality of work and/or materials used.
Town Manager Elaine Clark signed the settlement agreement Feb. 26. The final agreement states the town will make three payments to Thibodeau. The first payment of $62,409 will be made on execution of the agreement. Another $15,000 will be paid upon commencement of work in the spring, and the final payment of $7,900 is to be made within 14 days of satisfactory completion.
The agreement states the town will withhold $2,100 from Thibodeau, Inc. for some of the professional fees.
The town had withheld $87,409 under the original contract when the problems were discovered in September 2013. Twenty core samples were taken at random of the work that had been done to the 3.4 miles of road — primarily Highland Road and Patterson Mill Road. Of those samples it was found the asphalt content was less than the state's minimum requirements. According to then Interim Town Manager Glenn Aho, thickness failed in three of the 20 samples as well.
The asphalt content — if correctly mixed — binds together longer. Visual inspections were conducted when premature cracking was discovered.
Consulting by S.W. Cole on the pavement mixture revealed five major areas needing to be reworked including:
— intersection of Patterson Mill Road and Highland Road
— 150-foot area near the intersection of Highland Road and Fire Road 75C
— 120-foot area near the pond on Highland Road
— intersection of Highland Road and Beechwood Street
— 730-foot gouge near the turnaround at the end of Patterson Mill Road
The firm also noted multiple small areas throughout the town that need resurfacing under the original agreement.
Work is to be done in the spring and will carry a one-year warranty which will begin from the date of completion of repairs.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 14.