Chip seal seals the deal for Phase 1 in New England

A chip sealed portion of Main Street signifies the end of the first phase of the water project in New England, according to New England City Auditor Jason Jung.

By COLE BENZ
Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

A chip sealed portion of Main Street signifies the end of the first phase of the water project in New England, according to New England City Auditor Jason Jung.

The work on the street covered by the chip seal was actually completed last year, but Jung said the streets are given a full 12 months to adjust and cure with the changing climates of the region before putting on the last top section.

North from seventh avenue on Main Street has been chip sealed after the completion of the first phase of the water project in New England. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Herald)
North from seventh avenue on Main Street has been chip sealed after the completion of the first phase of the water project in New England.
(Photo by Cole Benz/The Herald)

They will be chip sealing at the end of each phase instead of waiting to cover the whole town at once, Jung said the city will save money this way by maximizing the grant funds

“If we were to wait to do all of the chip seal when the entire town is done…we would only get a very small portion of the entire chip seal to be included in the grants,” Jung said. “Whatever is completed in each phase, that’s what they’re going to chip seal because it maximizes our grant dollars.”

The grants the New England has been applying for (with the city having already been awarded a few for this project) max out at $5 million, and Jung anticipates the final phase of the project to come in under that limit. So Jung said the city could be on the hook for the cost of whatever was left over after the water services are finished.

“Basically if we waited until the end we would probably have to pay for the entire chip seal with a loan,” he said.

The city plans on following this process the rest of the way through the project; after a phase is done, a year later a chip seal coat will be laid over the work.

“That’s how we’ll be doing it in the next couple of phases,” Jung said. “Whatever was being tore up the year before, the following year that portion will be chip sealed only.”

Jung told the Herald that crews are scheduled to arrive tentatively on Aug. 1 to start Phase 2. Since it is a little late in the construction season, Jung said the contractors may be bringing two crews with to expedite the work.

Jung said Phase 2 will take care of the west side of New England, along with seventh street to third avenue east, with McKenzie also getting some work.

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