DIXFIELD — The Board of Selectmen unanimously voted Monday to award a $6,300 contract to J&T Masonry of Carthage to replace the front stairs of the Ludden Memorial Library.

Librarian Peggy Malley previously told selectmen she budgeted the money for the 2014-15 fiscal year, but was unable to find anyone to do the work.

In other business, Water District Superintendent Jim White told selectmen he is preparing for the Maine Department of Transportation’s $8 million reconstruction of Routes 2 and 17 in 2016 or 2017. The project begins at Hall Hill Road and extends 2.8 miles to Canton Point Road.

White said three or four fire hydrants need to be moved beforehand.

“Next year won’t be a fun year,” White joked. “On top of a few fire hydrants needing to be moved, there’s a concrete culvert just beyond the highway garage that MDOT is moving 15 or 20 feet away from the river. The water main is just above the existing concrete box culvert, and they’re going to have to offset that main.”

White said the Water Department would come up with “an estimate, put it in front of the state, and they’ll place it in their bid package.”

MDOT project manager Rhobe Moulton said the estimated cost of the project is $8 million.


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