MONTPELIER — The list of public works projects on the docket this year is long.
Department of Public Works Director Todd Law said that this year is shaping up to be the busiest year for his department since becoming the director in 2006.
"We're still working off last year's flood" damages, Law said.
While 2011 was definitely busy, he said, it was because of all unplanned work that arose from flooding.
So in addition to all of the work Law would normally like to get done, he said they've also got to finish up projects, such as the Gallison Hill Road culvert destroyed last May, that weren't finished last year.
It's located near the Berlin Veterinary Clinic at 403 Barre St.
When the project gets underway, it will require closing that section of Barre Street.
The repairs are estimated to cost more than $400,000 and will be paid for with money from the Federal Highway Administration.
Law is planning to have that repaired this summer as well.
Also on the project list this year are three street rehabilitation jobs.
Street rehabilitation is more involved than simply skinning the asphalt and repaving.
Rehabilitation involves rebuilding the foundation of the road and repairing any underlying structural problems. This type of work is typically done every 20 years or so for well-maintained roads.
On the street rehab list is Towne Hill Road from Grandview Terrace to the city line, Liberty Street between Heaton and College streets and Hubbard Park Drive.
Dover and Phillips roads are up for resurfacing this year.
With Montpelier located in a valley, retaining walls are also important to maintain.
The Hill Street and Cherry Avenue have been targeted for repairs this year, as well as slope stabilization a Lague Drive and Ridge Street.
And with two rivers running through town, bridges are a necessary part of life and need maintenance too.
Deck replacement is on the project list for the Spring Street Bridge as well as the Rialto bridge on State Street.
This is a tentative list. The City Council is expected to approve or modify it at their next meeting on April 11.
To help pay for some of this work, voters approved a $870,000 bond on Town Meeting Day in March.
The state of Vermont is responsible for repaving Main and State streets. The plan is to have them both done in 2015.