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Enfield Resident Demands Action on "Treacherous" Roads

Enfield spends $5 million annually on roads

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Angela Foss has lived in her house on Lake Drive for the past 20 years and year after year goes by and the lousy condition of her road remains unchanged, she told the Enfield Town Council, according to meeting minutes. 

She requested the town address the Crescent Lake Roads this year. 

She presented a petition with 107 signatures requesting the town take immediate action to repair Crescent Lake Roads. 

Foss told the council that roads in her area have been on the schedule to be upgraded since 2010, but she still waits to see any improvement. 

“She pointed out roads in her neighborhood are treacherous.  She stated her belief there should be a better system as to how roads should be repaired.  She noted her road needs to be totally torn up,” according to meeting minutes. 

She also invited council members to visit this area to see the condition of the roads. 

Town Manager Matthew Coppier responded to Foss’ concerns by saying those roads didn’t rank low enough to get done this year, according to meeting minutes. 

“He noted there are a lot of road issues across the whole town, and they could take care of all the needs, but it comes at a cost. He stated Enfield is one of the few towns in Connecticut that puts road projects out to referendum and they spend an average of $5 million dollars per year on roads,” meeting minutes state. “He stated they are undergoing a lot of capital projects and the question is what the taxpayers can afford.”

Coppier did offer to meet with the Public Works Director to learn if there’s interim money available to do some improvements, but not full depth reconstruction, meeting minutes state. 

ellen hanna June 05, 2014 at 02:12 PM
the roads to Enfld High are ripping my car up, also an the rear road also. Hill or no, hill it is an embarrassment when the Fermi roads are wonderful duh?
maryann June 05, 2014 at 02:52 PM
All the roads are crap but across town got curbs put in last year as well as new payment. While the Thompsonville roads and sidewalks are terrible. WHY??
Spiff June 05, 2014 at 05:30 PM
What I find particularly amusing is that they re-pave roads that don't need to be re-paved, but they don't even patch the roads that are really in bad shape!
Ed Poremba June 06, 2014 at 10:03 AM
The word is “Maintenance”. “I have resided in Enfield for over 40 years and “Maintenance” has been an issue for years. Raffia Road repaved less than a handful of years has cracks and pot holes. Steele Road is another, Post Road, Weymouth Road are others due to poor materials and proper “maintenance” and it continues. Most roads in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine are top notch. Perhaps we need to find out how they do it. It may be worth it.

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