NORWAY — Lower than expected bids will mean a lot more roads will be fixed this year, said Town Manager David Holt.
More than two-thirds of the road bond projects that were expected to be postponed for at least a year, will now get under way after officials were informed last week that the bids for the road projects came in at just slightly over $1 million — lower than expected.
The projects must be approved by voters at the annual town meeting in June.
“Asphalt is down right now,” said Highway Surveyor Ron Springer said this week when asked why the bids were so much lower than anticipated.
The plan was originally priced at $1.3 million.
Under the plan that was approved by the Road Committee and Board of Selectmen, paving under the first phase will include portions of Dunn, Shedd, Frost Hill, Crockett Ridge, Hemingway and Town Farm roads.
That work is estimated to be $399,960.
The second phase will cost $321,000 and include paving and drainage work on portions of the Cottage Street sidewalk, Winter Street and Green Street.
Other work that officials hoped to complete include $167,498 to reclaim portions of Green Road, put a base pavement on Greenwood Road, and do work on the Shedd Road hill.
The last part of the project will include overlays on Crockett Ridge, Don Hunt, Morse and Thurston roads, and shimming the Korhonen Road at a cost of $114,888.
“There’s really a lot of stuff we can do and we can begin what we thought we could do another year into the plan,” Holt told the selectmen after the bid prices were received.
“It’s great news,” said Selectman Russ Newcomb.