Johnstown Independent

Woodhaven widening work likely to go to bid in April


After delays and complexities, a 1.5-mile stretch of Woodhaven Road should be ready for bid in April.

In January 2012, the township received federal Issue 1 grant money for improvements to Woodhaven, between Clover Valley and Croton roads. The project includes widening the roadway and reconstructing culverts and ditches along that stretch.

Monroe Township trustee Troy Hendren told ThisWeek the project calls for widening the road from 11 feet in some areas to an average of 16 feet. Hendren has said Woodhaven Road's surface includes several different types of paving and some gravel.

"It's a mess," he said, adding that it would be a uniform surface when the project is complete. "It'll basically look like Caswell Road," which recently was improved. "That turned out pretty well."

Hendren has said one of the major difficulties with the plan has been in moving utility poles so the road could be widened. Not only was it a matter of actually moving the poles, but the township also needed to obtain some landowners' permission to do so.

"All these little things kept putting it off. The poles have been a hassle," he said.

Upgrading the 1.5-mile stretch was estimated to cost $328,482. Grant money would cover $237,536 of the cost, and the township would provide $25,250 of in-kind roadwork and contribute $65,696 in local revenue as matching funds.

"We do a lot of the in-kind work ourselves," Hendren said.

After the project goes to bid and a contractor is hired, he said, the actual construction should take roughly two weeks.

Hendren was expecting the project to go to bid in November or December, however, and bids placed for the winter generally are lower than those placed for the summer.