Highway work on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven is expected to finish in the fall of 2022, Tisbury town administrator Jay Grande said Wednesday.

“I believe this is almost a year ahead of schedule in terms of its completion date,” Mr. Grande told the select board during its regular online meeting.

“That is because we’ve worked closely with [the state department of transportation],” Mr. Grande said.

MassDOT began work in late 2020 on a long-planned project to rebuild the flood-prone stretch of state-owned roadway between Wind’s Up and Five Corners.

Disagreements with the town arose when the state declined to pay for relocating underground water and sewer lines that were not correctly mapped in the MassDOT plan.

Instead, the state scrapped a shared-use path for bicycles and pedestrians that would have linked a gap in the Island’s network of off-road paths.

Mr. Grande said MassDOT crews will continue performing utility work along the roadway until spring, when work will halt until fall.

“The project now is on a good pace,” he said.

Also Wednesday, the board appointed aquaculturist Greg Martino as its representative to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission through the end of 2022.

Mr. Martino, who co-owns Cottage City Oysters with his brother, was one of three Tisbury residents who responded to the select board’s call for additional applicants after only two people came forward last month.

“I think the Island lacks young people getting involved,” the 35-year-old told the board. “I’d like to be a young person getting involved.”

In addition to his relative youth, Mr. Martino’s business and volunteer experience across town borders, along with his familiarity with the Island’s waterways, made him the top choice, board members said.

They encouraged applicants Ruth Konigsberg and particularly Isaac Macy to volunteer elsewhere in Tisbury affairs.

“Boy, do I have plans for Isaac,” board chairman Jeff Kristal said.

“We need people like you. We need people like Ruth,” board member Roy Cutrer said to Mr. Macy.

Elaine Miller, who serves on the town planning board, and longtime volunteer David Ferraguzi were the two original candidates for the MVC position last month, when Mr. Ferraguzi suggested that the town seek younger applicants as well.

“He was the one who started this conversation,” Mr. Kristal said. “His call allowed us to go back out and solicit more individuals.”

On Wednesday, Ms. Miller told the select board her long experience on local boards would make her a strong choice for the MVC appointment.

“I’ve been through it all. I understand it all,” she said. “Experience is painful, but I’ve got it.”

But Ms. Miller said she would not consider stepping down from the planning board in order to serve on the MVC, saying her schedule allows her time to perform both roles.

“There’s no way I would leave the planning board now . . . We’re right at the crux of doing so many wonderful things,” she said, noting that the town is about to embark on its master planning process.

Mr. Martino will begin his MVC service at the commission’s next regular meeting, March 3.