The town of Hamilton is getting another $36,898 in state highway funding to help pay for the cost of patching potholes and repairing town roads after the unusually harsh winter.
The money comes from Gov. Charlie Baker’s $30 million Winter Recovery Assistance Program.
Hamilton’s so-called “hot-top plant” is open and Hamilton Department of Public Works employees use a “hotbox” that keeps the bituminous concrete patch materials heated and move around town “attacking potholes,” according to DPW Director Bill Redford.
Last Thursday, for example, DPW workers filled potholes on a portion of Bridge Street, Redford said.
According to Baker’s office, the WRAP money is separate from the state’s Chapter 90 highway funding program but the money will be distributed to cities and towns based on the Chapter 90 formula, which takes into a community’s population, miles or road and other factors. There are 45 miles of road in Hamilton.
The work will need to be completed before June 30, Redford said, which has never been a problem for Hamilton officials.
The town of Hamilton will have to submit paperwork to state officials to get reimbursed for qualifying work, which can include patching potholes, repairing pavement cracking and surface defects, paving projects, repair or replacement of damaged signs, guardrail, storm drains and line striping.
“I’ll be sitting down with the Highway Foreman to plan out our biggest bang for the buck,” Redford said. “Any extra money from the state for road work is always appreciated.”