New Taft Brook culvert may cost up to $300K
by Lauren Harkawik
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DOVER- At the Dover Selectboard’s meeting on Tuesday, November 21, road commissioner Bobby Holland told the board that a new culvert needed on Taft Brook Road may cost as much as $298,000. Holland said he is waiting to hear from FEMA, which he thinks may cover 80% of the cost if the funds are available and the project is approved.

Holland said the culvert, which was damaged in a recent rainstorm, is a nine-foot, oval-shaped culvert that no longer meets state specification requirements, which were updated in 2011. “The new one needs to be 8 feet by 14 feet and rectangle,” said Holland.

“The road is passable and it’s fixed as good as it can be for now,” said Holland, “but it’s something that needs to be fixed this summer.”

Holland said if FEMA does not come through with funds, he may be able to apply for a grant next year that could contribute up to $175,000. “That would be better than paying the full $298,000,” said vice chair Vicki Capitani. Board member Joe Mahon asked if it might make more sense to put a bridge there instead and Holland said a bridge may be a less expensive solution worth considering.
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