County Comment: Commissioners inspect south county roads

County Comment
Commissioners inspect south county roads
By Norman Bassett
Public Information Officer

Hagerstown, MD (July 10, 2012)-As part of its regular meeting on July 10th, the Washington County Board of County Commissioners conducted an inspection of roads in the Southern portion of the County.
The tour was conducted by Director of Public Works Joe Kroboth and Highways Department Director Ed Plank. Kroboth said the purpose of the tour was to H
visually inspect two road sections that the Division of Public Works will be bringing before the Board in the near future for consideration to close due to unsafe conditions, and to inspect various roads that have had chip seal applications as a preventative maintenance measure.
Roads visited:
* Benevola Newcomer Road, Barnes Road,
* Mill Point Road,
* Wheeler Road
* Dog Street Road,
* Mount Briar Road,
* Porterstown Road,
* Burnside Bridge Road,
* Mills Road,
* Harpers Ferry Road
* Back Road
* Dargan School Road
* Lime Kiln Road
Stops on the tour included Back Road, Lime Kiln Road and the new fueling facility in Keedysville.
Lime Kiln Road and Back Road are in the extreme southern area of the County along the C&O canal. There is a large drop-off on a section of Lime Kiln road, and a portion of Back Road is falling into the canal, Kroboth said.
During the tour the Commissioners also had a chance to inspect drainage issues associated with existing county roads.
Kroboth said the tour was necessary to make the Board familiar with current procedures being used for road paving and reclamation, with appropriate detail paid to cost factors.
Some county residents have complained about the chip-seal application currently in use. Cost for this process is $2.04 per square yard (SY) or $24,700. per mile versus hot mix asphalt patch and overlay at $9.10 per SY or $106,775. per mile, and reconstruction using full depth reclamation at $22.10 per SY or $259,000 per mile.
Public Works recommends the use of chip seal application on rural roadways not located within a developed subdivision, those roadways with traffic volumes less than 2,500 vehicles per day, and on rural roadways with posted speed limits less than 40 miles per hour.

Commissioners were able to see first-hand examples of recent chip seal applications and examples of roads that were paved using the application process up to 4 years ago.