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Tell Us Which Sidewalks Should Top the Repair List

Hamilton leaders are trying to determine which sidewalks in town should be improved with funding approved at Town Meeting in May.

Hamilton Annual Town Meeting voters in May . And now town leaders, including the Board of Selectmen and Director John Tomasz, are .

Tomasz said on Wednesday that about 2,500 feet of asphalt sidewalk could be repaired and about 2,000 feet of cement sidewalk could be repaired with the money.

One of the other decisions that need to be made is whether sidewalks should be asphalt or cement.

Tomasz told the Board of Selectmen on Monday it costs about $15 per foot for asphalt, $30 per foot for concrete and $45 per foot for brick.

He hopes to have the work completed by fall.

The Board of Selectmen plan to walk around the downtown to look at some of the sidewalks that may need repair. Tomasz mentioned Lorenzo Avenue, Linden Street, Mill Street and Railroad Avenue as some of the street that are being considered because of the amount of use. He also used the sidewalk along Hamilton Avenue as an example of some of the issues - from varying width to bumps and cracks, plus overgrown bushes - with town sidewalks.

Let us know - which sidewalks are most in need of repair? Why? Should those sidewalks be asphalt or concrete?

Let us know in the comments.

Nancy July 26, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Have to admit I have not been walking here for a while, but I remember Linden Street being pretty bad. You had to watch your step in many places.
Lori July 26, 2012 at 06:12 PM
The section of Highland from Linden to Lake Drive is treacherous! There are no sideways there. This is a route used daily by many people, walking, running and little ones on bikes.
richard boroff July 26, 2012 at 07:24 PM
OK so now we know the installation costs, BUT --- 1. what are the yearly maintenance costs of each? 2. what is the expected life of each? OR - Maybe brick is 3x the installation cost of hard top, but lasts much longer and costs less to maintain. I don't know, but am asking. Richard Boroff

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