County Comment: Recycling and Roads

County Comment
Recycling and Roads
by Norman Bassett
Washington County Public Information Officer

Spring cleanup can include computers, television sets, radios, cell phones and other electronic devices under a plan passed on Tuesday May 23 by the Washington County Board of County Commissioners.
The Free Electronics/Computer Recycling Day for Washington County residents was proposed by Recycling Coordinator Harvey Hoch, and approved by the Commissioners. The event is set for Saturday, June 3, 2006 from 9:00AM until 2:30PM. At the Forty West Municipal Landfill, on U.S. 40 1 mile West of Huyett's Crossroads.
Hoch said that computers and attached equipment, televisions, radios, and telephones will be accepted.
The event is open to residents of Washington County only. Four computer monitors and four television sets per vehicle will be accepted. Otherwise there is no limit on other personal-use electronic items, Hoch said. Businesses may contact the recycling office at 240-313-2796 for business recycling information.
Event sponsors include the Board of County Commissioners of Washington County, the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Maryland Environmental Service.
For more information, contact Hoch at the Washington County Solid Waste Department at 240-313-2790.
In other Washington County News, the Engineering Department has released new information on the Pavement Maintenance Program that is underway on area roads.
The County contracted patch, crack fill, asphalt overlay, and road reclamation work on 48.5 miles of County roadway for the Fiscal Year 2006 Pavement Maintenance Project. All work will be complete in this spring of 2006. A number of projects are currently underway.
The Maugans Avenue Road Improvements project consists of road widening from Interstate 81 to Route 11. The first phase of work, demolition of County Property, was completed this month. The second phase of work, utility relocations, are scheduled to begin in June. Although short duration lane closures and flagging operations may be necessary for utility relocations, detours should not be required. Road construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2006.
Culvert work on Harpers Ferry Road, Nick Road and Toms Road will in June at Nick Road. Each culvert will be repaired under detour, while the other two roads remain open. Detours, with approximate dates, will be posted at each site approximately 2 weeks prior to construction.
Catholic Church Road, Indian Springs Road, and Lanes Run Road structure work will begin in June at Catholic Church Road. Detours, with approximate dates, will be posted at each site approximately 2 weeks prior to construction.
East Oak Ridge Drive will be patched and overlaid from the western side of the Funkstown Bridge to the intersection with Maryland State Route 65. Work includes the installation of a concrete rebut, similar to a curb, on the hill near the bridge. Installation of the rebut has required posted detours until approximately June 1st.
A complete listing of all scheduled repairs is located on the County webpage under Roadwork Update-2006 PMP Listing.