WEST SPRINGFIELD – The Cape Cod-Style Berme is not a vacation, complain some Ohio Avenue residents.
As part of a $ 1.5 million project to re-pave the residential street, road workers installed an asphalt curb along the edges of the road. The curb is rounded, but does not fall off for driveways and forms a noticeable bump when leaving the public road.
Mayor William Reichelt asks the residents to be patient, as the bump will get smaller after the work is completed.
“At first the paving of Ohio Avenue is far from finished,” said Reichelt. “A top coat has to be applied to the street, then the driveways will merge into the Cape Cod style berm.” All paving work should be finished this construction season.
He continued, “Wherever possible in the city, Cape Cod style berms are installed to protect adjacent properties from rainwater runoff and plow damage, protect the pavement from years of deterioration from driveway seams, and make a better product for the community. “
According to New England Sealcoating, “Cape Cod’s asphalt mountain is becoming increasingly popular for curbs. It has a sloping front that is angled from the front base to the top of a back about 6 inches high. It looks like a triangle. “
City Engineer Connor Knightly reiterated Reichelt’s points, saying that the berms are permanent structures and will not be removed until the next time the road has to be repaved.
In contrast to the previous road, Reichelt claimed that this road will be in a “solid state” for over 50 years.
Knightly said that an asphalt berm is usually quarried before the top of a road is paved.
“That’s why the berm seems so much higher than the road. When the last layer of asphalt is applied, the height difference will be much smaller while it still serves as a rain gutter and roadside. “
Public works manager Robert Colson said that the height of the street is increased by 1.5 inches when the top coat is applied with hot mix plates. “[This] will match the leading edge of the Cape Cod berm, ”he said. In addition, he said that all of the driveway aprons will be adjusted to the top of the berm.
“I can understand the frustration with the change, but the paving project is not yet complete and should not be rated as such,” said Reichelt.
“The berm is not supposed to be a speed bump,” Knightly said. In order to avoid waterlogging, all lawns are loam and sown to improve their surfaces.
Colson added, “The berm protects the roadside from damage and keeps the clay and seeds clean in people’s front yards. It protects the driveways and the tree belt from snow plows. “
According to the mayor, the city has invested nearly $ 1.5 million in Ohio Avenue. The funds were used to replace the aqueduct and rebuild the sewer system after the gas company replaced the natural gas pipeline along the carriageway, which is expected to be completed this month.
In addition, Ohio Avenue is one of the first streets to get trial run of urban fiber next year.