Commissioners approve road repairs, resurfacing
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.