CONWAY ROAD TO GET SPECIAL PAVEMENT

by Christian Mower on August 9, 2012

THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE PLANS TO PAVE TWO AND HALF MILES OF EAST CONWAY ROAD STARTING IN SEPTEMBER – AND A PORTION OF THE JOB WILL USE A SPECIAL GRAVEL LAYER DESIGNED TO IMPROVE DRAINAGE AND MITIGATE THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF WATER ON THE ROAD.

DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION SPOKESMAN BILL BOYNTON SAYS ABOUT 1.7 MILES OF THE ROAD WILL GET THE REGULAR THREE QUARTERS INCH PAVING TREATMENT, WHILE ABOUT THREE QUARTERS OF A MILE – STARTING AT THE U-HAUL STORAGE BUSINESS – WILL GET A SO-CALLED “SANDWICH” APPLICATION OF 12 INCHES OF GRAVEL, COVERED BY FOUR INCHES OF ASPHALT.

BOYNTON SAYS THE PAVEMENT IN THAT SECTION BREAKS UP VERY EASILY BECAUSE OF THE GROUNDWATER – HE HOPES THE SANDWICH APPLICATION WILL IMPROVE THE AREA AND MAKE THE ROAD LAST LONGER.

A D.O.T. REPRESENTATIVE PRESENTED THE PLAN TO CONWAY SELECTMEN TUESDAY.

EAST CONWAY ROAD IS KNOWN AROUND THE VALLEY AS A NOTORIOUSLY ROUGH ROAD BECAUSE OF ITS OFTEN BUMPY AND BROKEN PAVEMENT.

BOYNTON CALLS WATER “THE ENEMY OF PAVEMENT,” BECAUSE EITHER GROUNDWATER OR WATER SEEPING INTO CRACKS IN THE PAVEMENT BREAKS UP THE ROAD DURING FREEZE/THAW CYCLES.

BOYNTON SAYS WORKERS HAVE ALREADY PLACED PIPE UNDER THE ROADWAY TO IMPROVE DRAINAGE.

THE PAVING WORK WILL BE DONE BY PIKE INDUSTRIES OF BELMONT. BOYNTON SAYS IT WILL START SOMETIME AFTER LABOR DAY AND BE COMPLETED BY OCTOBER 19TH.

PIKE WILL ALSO PAVE A NEARLY 2-MILE SECTION OF VILLAGE ROAD IN FREEDOM AND FOUR MILES ON ROUTE 16 NORTH OF THE MOUNT WASHINGTON AUTO ROAD.