Brewster selectmen have invited the public to attend their meeting on Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at the Brewster Town Hall to discuss the town's long-term road repair plan.
The Town of Brewster had engaged the services of Cambridge-based CDM Smith and in July 14, the engineering company presented the town administrator with a draft pavement management plan.
The plan outlined the conditions of the town's roads including the overall Pavement Condition Index (PCI)--which was 73--and the different costs associated with improving the PCI. PCI, which was developed by the Army Corps of Engineers, rates pavement condition on a scale of 1 to 100 (1 being the worst, 100 being the best). According to a letter from CDM Smith to Town Administrator Charles Sumner, should no work be down on the town's roads for the next 10 years, the PCI would decline to 63.
According to the draft plan, performing all the necessary work on the road would cost the town $12M. To maintain a PCI of 73 over the next five years would cost the town about $1.1M per year. To reach a target PCI of 80 in five years, CDM Smith concluded that the town would need to spend $2.3M per year. Such cost would only cover pavement. Additional costs would be incurred to address drainage, sidewalk improvements and the additions of bike lanes, according to the draft plan.
At the town's request, CDM Smith drew up example plans which are included in the updated pavement management plan. The pavement plans and how the town will pay for the work to be done will be discussed at the meeting.
The Town of Brewster has 205 roads, according to the pavement management plan. Thirty-one are town-owned, eight are owned by the state and sixty-one are private/unaccepted.
The Town of Brewster Pavement Management Plan is available for review here.