2016 Paving Status Update:for the week of 10/11, the Highway Department will be paving Smulz Road and Blessing Road (between River Road and the railroad tracks). Paving Restoration (driveway aprons) will continue on Blessing Road, Booth Road, Lincoln Avenue, Bedell Avenue, Snowden Avenue, Plymouth Avenue, Ellsworth Avenue and Ellsworth Place.
The Town of Bethlehem maintains over 175 miles of local town roads. Our resurfacing program is designed to pave 12 to 13 miles of roadway each year. This schedule allows us to resurface each town road every 12 to 13 years. There are many variables involved in making the decision on which streets need our attention and which streets can wait. The age of the blacktop, traffic conditions (vehicle volume and weight), the structural stability of the sub-base, the severity of the Bethlehem winters, the conditions when the existing pavement was put in place, and how good the blacktop mix was prepared all have a bearing on how long a road surface will sustain itself.
Blacktop pavement deteriorates on a scale similar to a bell curve. It remains in very good shape for a number of years; but once it starts to show wear, it fails at a rapid rate. If this failure is not caught and corrected within a short time frame, it could mean much more extensive repairs above and beyond a thin overlay of new blacktop. Failure of the roadway pavement causes a poor riding / walking surface and allows ponds of storm water to accumulate, which causes potholes and extensive cracking that requires costly routine maintenance and generates safety concerns for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Every two to three years the town does a system-wide road assessment on pavement conditions where we rate the 175 miles of town highways. Two of our experienced paving crew leaders conduct the assessment for continuity purposes. We will be adding a sidewalk condition assessment to our program in the near future. This assessment gives us a basis on where we need to focus our efforts to preserve pavement integrity.
2016 Paving Program Information
The 2016 Paving Program was approved by the Town Board on June 10, 2015. The map and list of streets to be paved is linked below.