Salem’s road repair budget discussed by selectmen
The town’s road repairs budget and the current state of local roads was the topic of discussion during this week’s selectmen meeting, where Puff shared the results of the most recent Pavement Condition Inventory (PCI).
Puff said the PCI rates each road on a scale of zero through 100, with zero being “effectively impassible” and 100 being “excellent.”
By 2009, selectmen formed a Road Stabilization Committee, which adopted the current 10-year-program in 2010.
The most recent PCI was completed last year and Puff said it is one of several factors considered in the process of prioritizing needed repairs.
Of Salem’s 182 miles of roadways, 119 miles are considered local roads, meaning they are mostly residential routes that otherwise aren’t regularly traveled by passing commuters.
In 2003, Salem’s average road rating was 79/100. Last year’s PCI showed a one percent increase to 80/100.
“For all intents and purposes, we’re basically maintaining status quo,” he said.
Puff attributed rising costs of concrete and other materials to the anticipated increases, noting that the most expensive element of the road repairs program is base reconstruction.
Selectmen still expressed concern over the program’s current success rate.
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