Com­mis­sion­ers ap­prove road re­pairs, resur­fac­ing

Record Observer - - News - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­

CENTREVILLE — By the end of the next fis­cal year, the county will be “pretty close” to get­ting back to re­pair­ing 100 miles of county roads per year again, Public Works Di­rec­tor Todd Mohn told the Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion­ers at their meet­ing Tues­day, June 14.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, mul­ti­ple con­tracts for Public Works’ road pav­ing and resur­fac­ing pro­gram, in­clud­ing slurry seal, tar and chip and hot mix as­phalt.

In the late 2000s, when the county had rev­enue short­falls, it dis­con­tin­ued its pro­gram of resur­fac­ing 100 miles of the county’s 500 miles of roads per year. “We’ve been run­ning fast as we can to catch up to that,” Com­mis­sioner Mark An­der­son said.

The first bid ap­proved was a by Slurry Pavers Inc. of Glen Allen, Va., us­ing a pre-es­tab­lished Ar­ling­ton County, Va., con­tract of $1.86 per square yard. It was ap­proved by unan­i­mous vote.

The county uses slurry seal as­phalt on low-speed, high-den­sity neigh­bor­hood roads if they are in good shape struc­turally but just need to be resur­faced. As an al­ter­na­tive to tar and chip or hot mix as­phalt, slurry seal is used to pro­long the life of the ex­ist­ing sur­face.

The Roads Di­vi­sion is us­ing money through its as­phalt cap­i­tal bud­get to fund the re­seal­ing and es­ti­mates it will use slurry seal on nine miles of road­ways that will cost about $200,000.

Com­mis­sioner Jack Wilson asked Shane Moore, chief roads en­gi­neer, if any Mary­land con­trac­tors sub­mit­ted bids for the project as he wanted to see the tax dol­lars stay in the state. He was told Slurry Pavers Inc. is the main slurry pav­ing con­trac­tor for the re­gion and has com­pleted work in many of the lo­cal coun­ties.

“Where you have high den­sity de­vel­op­ment like, for ex­am­ple, Bay City, Clover­fields, those types of com­mu­ni­ties, Ch­ester Har­bor up north, it’s a great prod­uct,” Mohn said. “It looks nice, it’s smoother, peo­ple can get out there and run on it a lit­tle bit better ver­sus your tar and chip, which is a lit­tle bit better for a kind of more ru­ral coun­try roads .... In the right ap­pli­ca­tion it’s the right choice, we be­lieve.”

The com­mis­sion­ers also ap­proved a bid, us­ing the ex­ist­ing con­tract from the pre­vi­ous year, to com­mis­sion Amer­i­can Pav­ing Fab­rics Inc. of Hanover, Md., as a sub­con­trac­tor for tar and chip sup­ple­men­tal resur­fac­ing work at $1.625 per square yard. The con­tract was ap­proved 3-0. Com­mis­sion­ers Robert Buckey and Steve Wilson were not present for the vote.

The depart­ment pro­poses to tar and chip about 30 miles of road­ways in the Gra­sonville and Kent Is­land ar­eas. Roads em­ploy­ees will com­plete tar and chip work in the north­ern re­gion of the county, cost­ing about $600,000.

The fi­nal con­tact ap­proved by the com­mis­sion was to David A. Bram­ble Inc. of Chestertown to com­plete hot mix as­phalt work in the county us­ing the pre-es­tab­lished State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s con­tract for mill and grind, patch and resur­face road­way pave­ments through­out the county. The com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved the con­tract 4-0. Buckey was not present for the vote.

Hot mix as­phalt is mainly used on high traf­fic vol­ume road­ways. Pro­posed roads and park­ing lots to be resur­faced in the com­ing year in­clude Cox Neck Road (two miles), Mar­ion Quimby Drive (0.6 miles), Queen Anne Colony (3.17 miles), Gra­sonville Ceme­ter y Road (one mile), Evans Av­enue (0.3 miles), the Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices, the Depart­ment of Parks and Public Land­ings and the Centreville Li­brary.

Moore said the county es­ti­mates it will spend $1.1 mil­lion for hot mix as­phalt in fis­cal 2017.

“We did get a lit­tle bit of a re­duc­tion this year through the cap­i­tal bud­get process, but we’re go­ing to be in re­ally good shape af­ter an­other year with our resur­fac­ing sched­ule and our pro­gram to get caught back up af­ter the hia­tus from the high­way user rev­enue de­ple­tion,” Mohn said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the resur­fac­ing pro­gram, call 410-758-0920.

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