ELK TWP. - Elk Township supervisors this month outlined which road projects they will focus on this summer.
Residents along Maple Drive, Lower Elk Acres, Soap Fat, Cotton Road and Oak Grove Road should see improvement to those roads before the end of the maintenance season.
Supervisor Brian Miller said he recently met with PennDOT local services technician Jim Schepis to inspect Maple Drive.
"He (Schepis) said it would cost us about $60,000 to repave that road," Miller said. "But there are several layers of pavement there we could mill down the rough areas, get down to a decent layer, put down a hot mix and then tar and chip it.
"For $10,000 or maybe $12,000, we would have a pretty good road there."
Supervisor Ray Rennard said paving the road would mean the township could be "done with it for 20 years."
Miller agreed a complete repaving would be better, but added, "Our entire project budget for this year is about $80,000.
"With what we've done on Knight Town Road, paving Maple Drive wouldn't leave us with much to anything else."
Miller said Lower Elk Acres Road needs repairs and the ditches need to be "worked."
Soap Fat Road needs attention at one intersection.
"Cotton Road, we need to seal and save what we have," said Miller. "That's still a pretty decent road."
Rennard agreed the cost of paving Maple Drive at the expense of the other roads probably isn't in the best interest of the township.
Rennard, Miller and fellow supervisor Dave Polatty agreed with township secretary Linda Spoharski when she said liquid fuels tax revenues money townships count on to help fund road repairs and maintenance will likely be down significantly next year.
"I think we're better off scrapping paving this year and getting as much done everywhere as we can," said Rennard.
"I'd love to pave all our roads," said Miller. "But that just isn't going to happen."
In a related move, the board of supervisors awarded the following road material contracts:
4For No. 67 limestone: Allegheny Mineral at $21.75 per ton delivered.
4For No. 3 limestone: Allegheny Mineral at $21.90 per ton delivered.
4For 3A anti-skid material: Cooperstown sand and Gravel at $12.50 per ton delivered.
4For No. 8 limestone: IA Construction at $23.50 per ton delivered.
4For PA2-A limestone sub-base: IA Construction at $20 per ton delivered.
4For MC-70 road oil: Midland Asphalt at $2.60 per gallon applied.
4For CRS-3 dust control oil: Midland Asphalt at $1.99 per gallon applied.