It's nice that motorists traveling through St. Johnsbury will soon have a freshly paved Railroad Street to drive on, but we're curious about the time line of the project.

We learned earlier this week that the fresh coat of hot top could have been sooner rather than later, but the project would be delayed.

This delay came after the road had been graded in preparation of the fresh coat. As we wait out the delay and people's teeth chatter while riding down Railroad Street, we have to wonder who is responsible for the holdup and could it have been prevented.

The contractor explained that a state-mandated seven-day notice for an inspection was the reason for the delay. With this state regulation in mind, why didn't the contractor adhere the seven-day notice a week earlier? Or is this just another case of state-mandated red tape?

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The Caledonian-Record

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