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Contract approved to repave 16 miles of county roads

July 30, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Commissioners approved a $1.2 million road maintenance contract Thursday morning to have 16 miles of roads repaved late this summer and fall.

Roads to be repaved include all or portions of Western Maryland Parkway, Rench Road, Marsh Pike, Edgewood Drive, Mount Aetna Road, Halfway Boulevard and Governor Lane Boulevard.

Not on the list are Maugansville Road and Oak Ridge Drive near Funkstown, which County Commissioner John Munson said in June he wanted repaired using the county's surplus.

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County Chief Engineer Terry McGee said if Oak Ridge Drive just outside Funkstown wasn't on the list, it was because county officials decided to fix that road as a separate job with the timeline and budget still to be determined.

That part of the road might need more than repaving, McGee said. Some drainage work might be needed.

Debra Bastian, the county's director of budget and finance, said she is expecting a $5 million surplus for the fiscal year that ended June 30, however half of that already is spent.

The county will cover the overlay project's $242,555 budget shortfall with surplus funds, but with a cautionary note.

Bastian said the $2.5 million of the surplus expected to be added to the county's reserve funds still will leave the total reserve funds short of the desired benchmark in comparison with peer counties.

The commissioners voted 5-0 to approve the overlay contract with Craig Paving Inc., which offered the lowest bid that included using reflective polyurea pavement markings.

The polyurea costs 22 percent more than thermoplastic, but the life expectancy is about twice as long - seven years, McGee said.

Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook asked that county personnel work on a five-year plan concerning what roads need to be fixed and how the work will be funded.

McGee said they were working on that plan.

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