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Lewisboro Assesses Road Repair Plan Options

LEWISBORO – After a particularly harsh winter, the Town of Lewisboro is performing an assessment of the condition of its roads as it begins to formulate a plan to repair them.

The Town Board met with Highway Superintendent Peter Ripperger at its monthly meeting last week to discuss the options.

Ripperger told the board that his department has three potential materials at its disposal for repairs and repaving: blacktop, polymer-based asphalt, and oil and stone.

Peckham Materials, the vendor that supplies the town with his paving materials, was also on hand to answer questions.

Supervisor Charles Duffy said that oil and stone provides the least expensive option, but noted that it’s not particularly popular with motorists.

“It’s not very smooth and there is a lot of gravel that will kick up [when you drive over it],” he said. “Blacktop is the most desirable, but it costs about three times as much.”

Duffy said the polymer-based asphalt is the most expensive but a thinner coat can be applied, which could mitigate the cost.

Ripperger was completing his road assessment Tuesday and Duffy said the board will use his recommendations to devise its repair plans and budget.

There are several roads throughout town that have drainage issues and any work done there will need approval from the New York City Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

“Before we decide what kind of money we’re going to spend during the budgeting process, we have to get the Chapel Road drainage issues [figured out],” Duffy said. “Paving it would impact some DEC wetlands, so we need approval for our storm-water improvement plan and need to get variances from these agencies. Once I know what it costs, I can present it to the board.”

Duffy said the town hopes to pave about 3/4 miles of dirt road on Chapel Road. He also said that Boway Road and Schoolhouse Road have runoff and drainage issues that need to be addressed.

To help pay for such repaving and repair projects, the town receives an allocation from the state, known as the Consolidated Highway Impact Program (CHIP).

“We have saved the last three years of [CHIP] allocations,” Duffy said. “We now have $350,000 to spend and then be reimbursed by the state.”

Duffy said the Town Board’s plan is to have DEC approval for its storm-water improvement plan by July and have the repair work begin in August.

“We’d liked to have it all ready by September for when school starts,” he said.

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