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High Street construction scheduled for April

Closed since 2010 landslide, $1M road reconstruction project to reopen High Street set to be completed next fall

GREENVILLE — For nearly three years, High Street has been closed to through traffic after a landslide in March 2010 made the road unsafe for travel. The construction phase of the repairs to the road, which would allow the road to be reopened, could begin as early as April and be finished by November.

At a Select Board meeting Wednesday, the board met with Bob Durfee, vice president of Dubois and King, who has been doing the engineering work on the project. In an interview Wednesday, Durfee said the firm has completed engineering plans for High Street, and received approval from the Select Board to move forward with the bidding process for the construction phase that will eventually reopen the road.

The construction phase of the project is estimated to cost approximately $1 million, said Durfee.

Residents voted in March to accept $1.47 million in a combination of federal and state funds — from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA and a Community Development Block Grant — to fund both the engineering and construction of the project.

The funds would cover the construction of a steel sheet pile retaining wall with ground anchors, reconstruction of the slope, and making drainage improvements to High Street, Durfee said. The improvements are not only intended to get the road back open, but to prevent future landslides that could shut it back down again, he said.

In preparation for construction to begin, poles to support power lines along High Street were planted on the opposite side of the street. The current positioning of the poles would have interfered with the construction. The new poles were installed as of Jan. 23, according to Select Board meeting minutes, but the lines have not yet been connected to the new poles.

Dubois and King has been authorized by the Select Board to oversee the bidding process for the construction phase of the project and to make a recommendation to the Select Board. The engineering firm will begin advertising for bids on March 4, and will be accepting bids throughout March. Construction will likely begin immediately following that, said Durfee.

“The intent is to award a construction contract at the end of March, and to start work in April to be completed by the end of November,” said Durfee.

The Select Board will meet again on Feb. 27 in the Town Hall Meeting Room at 4 p.m.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

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