JAY — The town has bought a vacant house and three to four acres that go with it at the intersection of Route 133 and Hyde Road. If no asbestos is found in the house, it will be torn down by the end of the week to allow work to begin to fix the intersection.

The town has partnered with the Department of Transportation on the project.

The DOT will hold a public hearing on a proposal to improve the safety of the intersection at 6 p.m. Monday, May 20, at the Town Office.

Jay voters raised $200,000 in the current budget to improve the intersection after several accidents occurred. There already is a blinking yellow traffic light for motorists on Route 133 and a blinking red light for the sides facing Hyde and East Jay roads.

On April 30, the town’s cost for the property was $36,970.44, including all fees, Town Manager Ruth Cushman said Thursday.

It was a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development property that previously was damaged in a fire. HUD put the property out to bid through Amnet Realty Inc. in Turner at a base price of $29,900, Cushman said.

After talking to several people and being told it would go for more, the town bid $35,900. Due to Jay being a municipality, the bid was accepted, she said. There were no other bidders.

The money will come out of the $200,000 voters raised.

The safety improvement project will begin approximately 150 feet south of the intersection of Hyde and East Jay roads and extend about 50 feet north to the end of the project.

A plan of proposed work is available to view at the Town Office.

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