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Nearly $5 million in road repairs to begin

July 08, 2006|by TARA REILLY

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Washington County will begin approximately $5 million worth of road repair projects this month.

The County Commissioners last month approved a $4.9 million contract with C. William Hetzer Inc. of Hagerstown to do the work, which is scheduled to start on or about Monday and run through May 13.

The repairs to 40.6 miles of roads include crack filling, patching, overlay and other improvements.

Among the repair projects are:

· Crack seal and patching for 2.3 miles on Robinwood Drive from Mount Aetna Road to Md. 64.

· Hot mix asphalt overlay and patching for 1.8 miles on Reichard Road from Md. 63 to Md. 68.

· 2.5 miles of slurry seal and patch on Garis Shop Road from Roxbury Road to Poffenberger Road.

The commissioners are in the second year of planned increased funding for road projects.

Last year, they said they supported contributing $5 million per year for five years to fix county roads.

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Commissioner John C. Munson said he hopes the commissioners are able to stick to its goal.

Four years ago, the commissioners were contributing $1 million to $1.5 million per year for road repairs, which wasn't enough to keep the roads in good shape, Munson said.

"I'm always in favor of fixing any roads that need it," he said.

While Munson supports the county's increased financial contribution to roads, he said there are some roads in bad shape that didn't make the list of repairs this fiscal year.

"Some (not on the list) are worse than others that are on our list," he said.

In determining which projects get done, Munson said county staff members take into account the amount of traffic on a particular road in addition to its condition, among other criteria.

"It's going to take time to get over the whole county, but eventually, the county will get done," Munson said.

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