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Spencer Roads FMPC Capital Improvement Project

Thanks to the forethought of Spencer Residents and their votes for the FMPC Roads Project Bond we will see a lot of road reconstruction upcoming over the next 5 years.  The FMPC Roads Project monies will become available to start the various roads projects in 2018.  Construction we will not begin after each roads project has been adequately planned, surveyed, engineered, permitted, costs determined, loans negotiated and monies are on hand for use.  

FMPC project work in 2018 will consist of having necessary survey, engineering and bidding documents under development.  Also, we hope to advertise the first round of necessary culvert, drainage and other underlying roadway infrastructure improvements for the roads we plan to reconstruct in 2018.  In addition we have a bridge repair contract that we will advertise to address a majority of our minor bridge repair and safety needs.  Larger bridge reconstruction or repair projects requiring greater levels of design will be addressed in future years of the FMPC program with survey and design services for those commencing in 2018-19.

Refer to links below for previously provided information, public hearings, etc.

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FMPC Road Project Public Hearing Presentations

FMPC Road Project Introduction & Informational Handouts

Spencer's Pavement Management (PM) Program
Spencer has maintained a pavement conditions index used for roadway project management since 2009.  This system has been an important part of our decision making due to the limited resources Spencer has to invest in our roadway infrastructure.  Our most recent Pavement Management (PM) Program database update was completed in January 2015, just prior to the many storms.  On 3/16/2015 the updated PM report and recommendations were presented to the Spencer Board of Selectmen.

The PM findings show that Spencer’s roadway infrastructure conditions have been declining for some time.  And that Spencer’s roadway network conditions are now in a state of rapid and steep decline due to many years of inadequate funding and investments.  In order to get this situation back under control a substantial re-investment in Spencer’s roadway infrastructure is necessary.  It is anticipated that in the near future a local transportation funding bond will be proposed to keep this situation from spiraling out of control which if allowed to continue would double or triple our cost to restore our roadway infrastructure assets in just a few years.  This winter has been particularly harsh and has worsened roadway base and surface conditions considerable since the January 2015 PM update.

Spencer 2015 Pavement Management (PM) Update & Recommendations
The following documents related to Spencer’s Pavement Management (PM) Program are attached for reference.
Important Notes:
The funding scenarios presented in the above documents are for the costs of the existing roadway pavement only do not include costs for: sidewalks, utilities, stormwater, drainage, sidewalks, safety enhancements, widening, signage, pavement markings,  bridges, culverts, or survey, ROW, design, permitting and engineering.  Depending upon the roadway segment the added costs for these additional work items could increase the total costs actually required to rehabilitate a particular roadway segment by 20-30% or more.  Therefore, whichever pavement management budget scenario is selected the total dollars invested should be adjusted to account for these additional roadway rehabilitation related costs.

Special thanks to William Scarpati, Senior Asset Management Specialist, and Stantec (formerly Fay, Spofford & Thorndike (FST)) for all their expertise and assistance with developing and updating Spencer's Pavement Management Program.


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