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When Will Reading Roads be Improved?

Readers want to know when certain Reading roads will be repaved.

Welcome to You Asked...Patch Answers where we answer readers questions. We recently received questions about the condition of Reading roads. Patch readers want to find out more about the town's plan to fix certain roads. Here's your answer.

According to Director Jeffrey T. Zager, the town has a formal three-year road improvement program in place.

"This past year our engineering division, with the help of a consultant, did an actual road by road survey/ update analysis, which aided us in putting together a prioritized program which is funded by both local as well as state aid funds," Zager said. 

His plan is to start the paving work in the beginning of May, he said.

Readers asked specifically about Haverhill Street.

"Regarding Haverhill Street, last fall we started a major water main improvement project, which resulted in the temporary trench paving you see there now," Zager said.

The water project will be completed sometime this Spring and the road will be completely repaved. Zager hopes that the road will be finished by late fall.

Mr White May 01, 2012 at 05:49 PM
@Beth Dimino & @Jessica Farrelly, Given that until the recent election of John Arena none of the Selectmen lived east of Main St, I am not at all surprised the those sections of town have been neglected for so long. It all starts at the top. Hopefully, over the next two years we will have a completely new Board of Selectmen who will focus on the good of the entire town and not just their own little slice of heaven.
ECool May 01, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Before any road gets repaved, National Grid should be contacted to find out if they can be convinced to expand natural gas service to parts of town that now have none. With oil prices going up each year and natural gas prices low and relatively flat, many residents who now heat their homes on oil would jump at the chance to convert. The cost to extend a gas line for a single resident on a street is prohibitive - if an entire neighborhood joins in, it would be more manageable.
Ashley Troutman May 01, 2012 at 10:21 PM
The list is three pages long... it won't fit here. Please email me at ashley.troutman@patch.com if you would like a copy.
Michael Bourque May 03, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I feel of the worse areas are the roads around the High School. Here we have the "jewel" of the community which we invite residents from many other towns to for various events and the roads have to be some of the worse in town.
The Sig May 30, 2012 at 10:46 AM
I am curious as to who came up with the new South Street Design?.....Its terrible....How much longer do we have to deal with the transition bump from the old pavement to the ground up pavement?

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