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Published: Wednesday, 8/11/2004

More asphalt boosts cost of Bedford work

TEMPERANCE - A major road project to repave five lanes of Lewis Avenue between the state line and a point just north of Sterns Road is going to cost significantly more than expected.

Engineering studies determined twice the amount of asphalt would need to be replaced.

But the project will go ahead this year as planned after the Bedford Township Board last night agreed to negotiate a financing deal with the Monroe County Road Commission that will mean the county agency will ultimately pay nearly all the increased costs, Supervisor LaMar Frederick explained.

Money for project is part of a $1 million bond the township approved several years ago to resurface local roads. The Lewis Avenue project was one of the biggest on the list at about $500,000 to replace two inches of asphalt over nearly 2 1/2 miles.

A recent inspection found that four inches would have to be replaced for Lewis to last another decade or more, Mr. Frederick said. That would add $250,000 to the project's cost, with the township agreeing to a financing gimmick that would free up $150,000 of its bond money this year to foot the extra bill, Mr. Frederick said.

In other action, board members granted preliminary approval to a 16-home planned unit development on about 35 acres near the intersection of Douglas and Consear roads.

Graystone Manor Estates would be a gated community with homes of more than 3,000 square feet on lots ranging from 1.5 acres to more than three acres.

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