Road reconstruction begins

FRANCESTOWN — The town’s only road reconstruction project of the year began Monday on Pleasant Pond Road. It involves repair of damage built up after many years without any improvements or paving.

At Town Meeting in March, $180,000 was appropriated to resume reconstruction where it was left off in 2012 on Pleasant Pond Road, in a press release issue Sept. 18 by Town Administrator Michael Branley. The money is coming from a reserve fund , Branley said in an interview Thursday. The reconstruction will take place a few miles into Pleasant Pond Road; it will continue the work done last year, down the road as far as funding allows, which is projected to carry the project to the boat launch, Branley noted.

The purpose of the reconstruction, Branley said, is not just to repave the road, but to reclaim it. This will include digging up the road, removing any debris and then paving a fresh, new road.

“It’s been a very long time since they did road work there,” Branley said. “The repairs and paving will fix the built-up wear and tear on the road.”

Travelers of the road should expect delays for several weeks.

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