• Montpelier This Week: Paving starts Aug. 11
    By Amy Ash Nixon
     | August 04,2014
     

    MONTPELIER — Paving projects and work on city streets will begin next Monday, Aug. 11 and the full schedule — still being worked out with the contractor — will be released soon, City Manager William Fraser noted in his weekly city manager’s report on Friday. He said the detailed schedule of street work will soon be published and, “We expect to have work happening at multiple sites simultaneously.”

    Fraser went on, noting that “One key scheduling priority is Barre Street.”

    “The Granite Street Bridge will be undergoing full painting, repair and deck work this fall and will be closed to traffic for one to two months,” Fraser explained in his update on projects on city streets. “It is essential, therefore, that all paving work on Barre Street be completed before the bridge work begins.”’

    Fraser, in his Friday memo, also noted that the sidewalk project at Elm Street — which had to be halted recently due to failing bricks on the facade of a building there — has been taken care of, and that Elm Street was re-opened Thursday. “Thanks to cooperation from the building owner, the failing bricks were removed much more quickly than anticipated,” Fraser noted. The city has a grant to make improvements to the sidewalk at the intersection by the Uncommon Market, including to make the intersection accessible for people with handicaps. City officials said earlier they had hoped that the project could get back on track once the brick wall problem was addressed, which was a safety concern there.

    Fraser also noted in his weekly update that the River Street sewer repair project concluded on Friday and has “generally gone very well.”

    On the city’s soon-to-fully-launch district heat system, for which the city council last week set the rates for the coming heating season, Fraser noted that the wire issues that were a concern and were being addressed in recent weeks now seem to be resolved. Final paving is set for Thursday this week, he stated, which will complete work on the system, set to go live Oct. 1 for 21 downtown buildings.

    On the 1 Taylor Street redevelopment project at the former Carr Lot, Fraser noted that the design team for the public-private project which will house a transit center on the first level met again on Friday and continues “to review options for managing the bus traffic.”

    “It seems almost certain that the buses will need to circulate on site,” noted Fraser. “The team is working to find the best configuration so that the rest of the site can be laid out around the bus route,” he said. The Design Committee will meet on Aug. 18, said Fraser, to review options for the site before the final community participation event on the project, for which the city has two federal grants. That final community session for public input is at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center, Sept. 3, starting at 6 p.m. It is expected to run until 8:30 p.m.

    Fraser noted that the city has received four responses to the request for proposals for a pilot program to install a series of smart meters at city parking spaces to test out the new technology and see if Montpelier may want to invest in updating its meters. Fraser stated that the parking committee will review those proposals.

    Another recent request for proposals, sent out a second time to seek a solar installation at the stump dump, is out and is due back to the Montpelier Energy Advisory Committee at the end of the month, Fraser noted.

    City meetings this week include: The Development Review Board, tonight at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers at City Hall; Montpelier Business Association, Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., in the Memorial Room at City Hall.

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