Road debris cleaned up on Nod Road, Comstock Court
The highway department's new approach to road repaving — resurfacing with the new Gorman fiberglass — created a road hazard on Nod Road, Cattle Pen Lane, Comstock Court, and Nod West Drive when a contract worker drove over a fresh coat of fiberglass sealant.
The incident, which happened Wednesday, July 3, drew criticism on the town's Facebook page.
First Selectman Rudy Marconi said the cleanup had been complete as of 4 p.m.
"The new material was put down and the truck backed down road wet and went back to get the sealant," Marconi said. "He drove over the wet road and the chips and the oil were picked up in the tires. It started flying out of the tires."
Marconi said the town's use of the fiberglass process was decided because it would preserve roads and extend their life.
"Other towns use this process," he said. "It allows them to do more miles every year for the same amount of money. We decided to do it this year and stretch the money
"This is not normal," he added. "Isolated incident and it's all cleaned up.
In February, Public Works Director Peter Hill told the selectmen he planned to try two different approaches to repaving — the traditional process, and a new one with fiberglass in the mix — in the coming 2019-20 budget year.
Hill described the plans to the Board of Selectmen as part of wider ranging discussion of the department’s $2.8 million proposed 2019-20 budget — which doesn’t include the $1,840,000 for roads, drainage and ADA work.
Hill had a list of 15 roads to be repaved with the traditional methods by the contractor Tilcon, which operates a big paving plant that serves most of the state. The projected cost is $2,151,000.
There are 10 or 11 other roads that are in somewhat better shape, and Hill said he wants to try resurfacing these roads with a new process from Gorman Roads that uses “fiberglass they bind up with aggregate and oil.”
The roads slated for resurfacing with the new Gorman fiberglass method are Nod Road, Cattle Pen Lane, Comstock Court, Nod West Drive, Lynn Place, Hunt Court, Howes Court, Barnum Place, Taylor Court, Titus Place and McKeon Place.