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Road work delayed

Lebanon Hill must wait for spring

During a walk along Lebanon Hill Road, outgoing DPW Director Ken Kalinowski talks to resident Trish Shields about work to be done there. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
August 25, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — Lebanon Hill Road residents will have to wait a little longer for their dilapidated road to be repaired, outgoing DPW chief Ken Kalinowski said Wednesday.

Originally, the plan was to do the work this fall, but Kalinowski's departure and other factors are delaying it. He said the department would like to wait for next year's state Chapter 90 funding to come in, then do it and the rest of Eastford Road in one contract.

"Most likely, the road won't be under construction until next spring," he said while walking the road's southern stretch. He was out there conducting a mobile public hearing primarily focused on six trees that need to be removed for the work to be done. It drew just three residents.

One of them, Hank Morin, was mostly interested in saving an unusual limb of an otherwise dead tree. He asked for permission to cut it because of its sharp "elbow" shape, but Kalinowski said he couldn't let Morin do it himself because of liability.

The project itself spans the whole length of the road, mostly just repaving the stretch north of Alpine Drive but rebuilding the remainder. He estimated the cost at $500,000 to $600,000, noting that's two years of Southbridge's Chapter 90 money.

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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