As towns along the marathon route brace for throngs of runners and spectators, town officials face a new obstacle — the roads.
Daniel Nau, director of highways and solid waste management in Framingham, said the marathon route in his town is in “bad shape.”
“The winter was rough,” said Nau. “We have some serious surface defects that create hazards for runners.”
Since the weather has warmed up, public works employees have been milling and filling — a process that entails removing the surface layer of the road and replacing it with new asphalt. The project, which Nau said is expensive, is on a strict deadline. It must be completed by Marathon Monday.
“It’s a tough year. We got a late start, but we’ll get it done,” said Nau. “That’s our word.”
Nau said his town is in the worst shape, but Natick officials said they’ve have also struggled with repairs.
Thomas Collins, interim director of public works in Natick, said his town has large potholes on the route.
“It was a late winter,” he said. “So now we have to get it done quick.”
Collins said the DPW will shell out “thousands of dollars” on the project to ensure safety.
Dave Turocy, commissioner of public works in Newton, said his town has faced similar issues. About 30 workers are out on the route daily, fixing potholes, evening the road, sweeping, and trimming trees, he said.
“We’ve got tons of guys out there,” he said. “They’re working hard to get this done.”
Turocy said the repairs of the five-mile section of the route in his town will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, but he could not identify a specific figure.
“It’s a lot,” he said. “But we’ve got to do it. It’s important for the race.”
Public works officials in Hopkinton, Ashland, Wellesley, Brookline, and Boston, which are also along the route, did not immediately return messages seeking comment.