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Gapland Road is part of county's repair plans

May 16, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Bill Griffith sees many potholes and cracks on Gapland Road each day he drives to work.

"The road just keeps getting worse," he said. "When are they going to do something?"

Griffith, who owns Tri-County Pump Service in Boonsboro, said the road is OK in Frederick County, Md., where he lives, but not in Washington County.

"As soon as you go over the hill, it's like you hit a washboard," he said.

Griffith said he was concerned when he heard that Washington County doesn't plan to fix the road for at least a few years.

Actually, Washington County has scheduled "full-depth reclamation," a type of road replacement, for Gapland Road in fiscal year 2011, said Robert J. Slocum, the county's acting deputy director of public works.

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But a short-term fix will come this summer.

Slocum said Gapland Road from Md. 67 to the Frederick County line ranks 44th on a list of about 1,460 roads or road segments. Roads at the top of the list are considered to be the most in need of repairs.

Gapland Road will be patched, a temporary measure until it's replaced in the summer of 2010, which is when fiscal year 2011 begins, Slocum said.

Slocum said a preliminary estimate for the replacement project is $250,000, although that could change, depending on the cost of asphalt and other variables.

The county decides on its priorities for paving and resurfacing through a study of all roads and road segments. Slocum said a full study was done in 2005 and is being updated this year.

Atop the list is Bower Avenue, which is off Virginia Avenue in Halfway. Slocum said the road isn't in worse condition than other roads, but the county has decided that fixing it now will be an efficient way to save money.

The rest of the top five on the list are West Oak Ridge Drive, North Pointe Drive, Sunset Avenue and Big Spring Road.

Slocum said those roads also are good candidates to be repaired now, as they start to crack, to save the county money later and aren't necessarily in worse shape than other roads now.

Heavily traveled roads might get a higher priority for earlier repairs, he said.

Griffith said he was glad to hear the county will work this summer on Gapland Road, particularly since it leads to Gathland State Park, a tourist attraction.

"We're really not setting a very good impression," he said.

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