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LAMBERTVILLE — A heavily traveled section of West Sterns Road between Quail Hollow Drive and Adler Road is to be repaved this summer.
The Bedford Township Board authorized spending $143,000 for improvements to the 0.9-mile stretch after hearing from Paul Francis, the finance committee chairman, who described the condition of the road as “a critical safety issue as well as an eyesore.”
The Monroe County Road Commission’s share of the project will be $3,960.
Mr. Francis said his committee had learned recently that the township was in line to receive more than $200,000 in additional shared revenues from the state for the 2012-to-2013 fiscal year. The panel recommended that the board increase the road maintenance and improvement budget by $200,000, to a total of $425,000 for the fiscal year.
“This increased budget amount will allow us to fund this project, the Lavoy Road bridge [replacement] project, and several other smaller, high-priority projects in 2012 to 2013,” Mr. Francis explained.
Going ahead with the Sterns project this summer means the township will not be eligible for a possible $30,000 contribution from the Monroe County Road Commission, which wanted to hold off on the project until next year at the earliest. But Mr. Francis noted that these funds were not guaranteed.
Waiting until next year would mean more deterioration, leading to increased costs when the work is done, he said, and the rest of the board agreed.
At the board meeting last week, residents of Rauch Road implored officials to do something about the crumbling condition of their street. Rauch is the boundary between Bedford and Ida townships, and Ida Township officials have a contract with the road commission for their half of the project.
Supervisor Walt Wilburn offered sympathy and said improvements would be made, but not until next year, because the road commission did not have the manpower to do the work this year.