North Castle officials have set an ambitious schedule to complete all drainage and road repair work within Windmill Farm by the end of the summer.
The full curb-to-curb improvement project for the roughly nine miles of road, estimated to cost between $1.6 and $1.7 million, follows the late 2014 completion of Windmill Farm’s $10 million water main replacement project, said Town Administrator Joan Goldberg.
She said the project contains four components, which also includes replacement of signage where necessary and safety issues, necessitating the installation of new guiderails in certain locations.
Depending on the scheduling of contractors, Goldberg is hopeful that a late summer completion is feasible. She said the signage work is done and the guiderails will be finished next. Town Highway Department General Foreman Jamie Norris will be coordinating the work.
“We’re trying to get all the work done before school starts but it’s all contingent on how quickly we can get each step done and how we can coordinate them,” said Town Administrator Joan Goldberg. “So, we’re hoping the paving contractor can follow the drainage contractor so that as roads are done we can get them paved and move forward.”
On June 14, the town will receive the bids for the drainage work, which needs to be completed before paving can begin. Goldberg anticipates that the drainage portion of the project will cost at least $500,000.
There is about $200,000 left over from the water main replacement money, which will be applied toward the road paving, she said.
In April, Supervisor Michael Schiliro explained that since the work had to be done following the water main project, it didn’t make sense to do a portion of Windmill Farm. Therefore, most of the town’s paving resources for 2016 will be for the roads in the development.
“It’s logical,” Schiliro said. “If we’re doing major projects, and in that case they tore up every road, why patch beautifully seven or nine miles of road versus aggregating that paving and the cost curb to curb? Then we can apply other resources and finish.”
Goldberg said once the project is done the entire road system within Windmill Farm probably won’t have to be touched for 20 to 25 years.
“They’re going to be pristine once they’re all done,” she said.
The town board is expected to discuss road repair issues and funding options for future road repair work throughout North Castle at its work session tonight (Wednesday). The work session is scheduled to start at 5 p.m., prior to the regular town board meeting at 7:30 p.m.