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Vernon roads could get big improvement

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VERNON, CT (WFSB) -

If you drive through Vernon, your trip could soon get a whole lot smoother.

A massive road project to resurface and pave roughly half the streets in town is on the agenda, but it could cost some big bucks.

Brian Kuca has lived on Evergreen Road in Vernon for just a few months, but it didn't take him long to realize his road and others in town were in pretty rough shape.

"It would be great to have them repaved," he said. "They're bumpy and old."

The town is looking at a big maintenance project, which would fix nearly 220 roads over the next six years.

"Putting a new road down and leaving it alone, untouched, it's a 16 year maximum life," Vernon Mayor George Apel said. "But by going with what the (Department of Public Works) has set up, a disciplined program of doing things at different stages, you get them out to 28 or 30 years."

In addition to resurfacing and repaving, they'll also re-engineer five roads in town. Some will be widened while others will get curbs and sidewalks. As for how they determined what roads to work on, they actually used a computer program from the University of Connecticut.

"We put in all the town roads, surveyed all the road conditions and maximized the dollars from the taxpayer to do the most and preserve the roads best," Bob Kleinhans, of the Vernon DPW said.

But to pay for the project, the town wants to bond more than $27M, and for some that's causing sticker shock.

Apel said anyone who sees the roads knows the work is needed.

Residents will vote on the proposal on Jan. 28.

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