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Tolland Votes for Road Improvements

Residents approved bonding $5 million to fund road repairs in town.

The nation may have decided its president on Tuesday, but Tolland residents also voted on an issue a lot closer to home: the repair of Tolland roads.

Tolland voters overwhelmingly supported a referendum question concerning the bonding of $5 million to improve local roads. As of 11 p.m. on Tuesday, the count showed that 4,335 residents supported the bonding, while 2,531 were opposed.

"We're going to get a good boost to improving our infrastructure from this," Public Works Director Clem Langlois, Jr. said. 

He explained that the funds will not be available for use until July 2013, but starting then, roads on the proposed bonding list will be improved over the next three to five years.

Tolland roads have an average Pavement Condition Index of 71, with a score of 100 signifying a road in perfect condition.

Langlois said that a number of the roads in town are far gone and that the $5 million will allow the Public Works Department to get ahead on many maintenance needs and prevent further deterioration.

He said that all of the roads on the list will also need to have their drainage examined and fixed before paving can begin.

A list of the roads that could be repaired with the funds can be found on Tolland Patch.

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Steven Jones November 07, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Great turnout on an important issue to maintain a positive level of travel safety for personal and commercial travel through our communities for the long-run.
R Tavolacci November 07, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Why does it take a referendum to perform road improvements in Tolland? Our roads did not deteriorate over this past year. Can't the town be proactive each year, rather than a "feast or famine" planning mentality? Now we have to burden the taxpayers in one lump & larger amount, vs. a steady well planned budget appropriation to address basic infrastructure for all the past years that led to poor roads.
Jim G. November 07, 2012 at 04:10 PM
As I understand it, the town budget barely keeps up with necessary road maintenance, making any progress - more roads paved, getting further ahead of deterioration - difficult. This amount will let the town move forward two years or more on the overall maintenance and improvements, a head start they should be able to maintain. We all benefit from better roads. I'm glad we had the sense to pass the referendum.
Luther Heggs November 07, 2012 at 06:20 PM
That "one lump" increase in your tax bill will be showing up every year from now on. And that $5,000,000 bond will actually cost us about $8,000,000.
Jayme Kunze November 07, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Hi, Luther. Not sure if you saw this article or not, but there's a report on how the bonding will affect the Tolland budget and taxes. I don't quite remember the details, but if you're interested in the effects, hopefully this will help: http://tolland.patch.com/articles/town-council-approves-referendum-question-for-roads-bonding#photo-11023822

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