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Ripperger Lays Out Lewisboro Road Plan

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – In a report he made before the Lewisboro Town Board last week, Highway Superintendent Peter Ripperger laid out a proposal that prioritizes which roads should be first to receive state funds for repairs and renovations.

The town has about $350,000 in CHIP (Consolidated Highway Improvement Program) money to spend. Of that, $160,000 will be used to pave a portion of Chapel Road and install new guardrails there. That project is awaiting final approval from the DEP.

Under RIpperger’s plan, the remaining funds would be divided up like this:

Wakeman Road would get two inches of blacktop at a cost of $70,000. Ripperger said Wakeman was “nearly totally destroyed and needs a lot of work.”

Conant Valley Road would get paved with a product known as 6.3 Overlay at a cost of $55,000.

Glen Drive, which is already prepped, would also be paved with 6.3 Overlay at a cost of $45,000.

Ripperger said that 6.3 Overlay is an affordable alternative to blacktop.

“It has extra fiber and is more pliable,” he said. “You only need to put 1 inch down instead of 2 inches and it has a good wear base.”Ripperger said there would be an estimated 45 percent savings with 6.3 Overlay instead of blacktop.

“We have to be frugal on how to get our infrastructure back up,” he said. “We will take a run at it (6.3 Overlay) and see how it holds up.”

The Town Board had requested Ripperger supply them with estimates for repairing Tribrook Drive and Timberwood Place.

“It would be about $55,000 for 6.3 Overlay,” he said. “I agree that these roads need repair, but there are other roads in town that are in worse condition that are more heavily traveled.”

Ripperger suggested blacktopping Schoolhouse Road from the hill to Route 121 next year at a cost of $45,000 and said the permit process should be started right away. He also noted that there is a state grant pending for the repaving of Laurel Road.

“As you know, there is a $50,000 grand pending the governor’s approval for Laurel Road,” Ripperger told the board. “The project calls for two inches of blacktop at a total cost of approximately $64,000.”

Ripperger said he couldn’t guarantee the Laurel Road project will get done because he’s not sure of the fate of the grant.

“The project is approved but the funds have not been released,” he said.

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