County to pave less
By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer
Washington County will pave about 20 percent fewer miles than last year, partially because of higher gas prices, Public Works Director Gary Rohrer said Thursday.
Last year the county paved almost 30 miles throughout the county as part of the annual concrete overlay program, Rohrer said.
This year the county will pave about 22 to 24 miles, he said.
The city of Hagerstown might also have to curtail its street overlay program but it is not yet known which streets would be affected, Hagerstown Assistant City Engineer Rodney Tissue said.
The reductions are being made because liquid asphalt, which is a petroleum byproduct, is about 13 percent more expensive this year than last year, Rohrer said. This is due to higher gas prices, he said.