Peterborough: Special town meeting sought for increased Main Street Bridge project costs

  • The Main Street bridge in Peterborough. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Main Street bridge in Peterborough. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 11/15/2019 3:20:07 PM

The Peterborough Select Board is petitioning the Hillsborough County Superior Court for a special town meeting in January to ask voters to approve $781,000 over the town’s May 2018 appropriations for the Main Street Bridge construction.

Town Administrator Rodney Bartlett said Friday that the lowest responsible bidder for the project estimated the constructions for the Main Street Bridge project at $6.596 million with an additional $785,000 over that for contract administration, on-site observation and materials testing for a total project cost of $7.381 million.

“In May 2018, we appropriated $6.6 million,” Bartlett said, which was 20 percent higher than the engineers’ estimate of probable cost.

“We were very, very close, but not close enough,” he said, “We’re requesting the court to authorize a special town meeting to authorize that additional funding.”

Bartlett said the town will cover 20 percent of the total project cost, and the rest will be federally funded.

“We presently have authorization for the federal funding and certainly don’t want to jeopardize that by pushing [authorization for funding the project] off until the May Town Meeting,” he said.

The Select Board voted on Thursday night to petition the Superior Court for permission to hold a special town meeting.

Bartlett said the special public meeting will likely be in early January to accommodate the mandatory 30-day public notice period prior to such a meeting. He said that appropriating the additional funds for the Main Street Bridge project will be the sole purpose of the special meeting, and repairs to Route 202 will not factor in.


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