PITTSFIELD — Town Manager Kathryn Ruth will recommend that the town spend $31,000 to upgrade Sibley Pond, Hussey, Wilson and Taylor roads during Tuesday’s Town Council meeting.

In her report to the council, she also noted that last year the Maine Department of Transportation selected for repairs none of the state roads that pass through the community.

“The new process utilized last year did not result in any of the town’s projects being selected due to the scoring system … by Kennebec Valley Council of Governments,” she wrote.

In her request this year through the council, she has added additional information about the condition of Somerset Avenue, the main thoroughfare from Interstate 95 to the downtown area.

Somerset Avenue has “large sink holes, potholes and wide horizontal gaps in numerous locations along the road,” Ruth wrote. “Car damage and minor accidents have occurred over the last three years.”

She also added that the condition of Somerset Avenue “is commented on negatively by visitors, prospective businesses, current businesses, property owners … truck drivers and other commuters.”

Any projects approved by the transportation department this year would not be funded or get underway until 2014 or 2015.

Tuesday’s meeting gets under way at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers.


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