Testing Planned for Gravel Road Surfaces
Westminster, MD, Thursday, August 29, 2019 - Today, during Open Session, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted unanimously to commence a project testing sections of three county gravel roads. The test will allow the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Roads to review options to improve road surface stability while reducing both routing and emergency maintenance on gravel roads. The county currently maintains approximately 60 miles of gravel roads.
County Public Works Deputy Director Doug Brown presented the proposed project to the board, explaining the test options and defining the test areas. Small sections of John Shirk Road, Baughman Mill Road and Bethel Road will participate in the test. The new test surface will be applied to 1500-foot sections of each road. Contractors will construct the test area with 3 different road surface systems, 500 feet each. The work, expected to be completed in three working days for each site, will be performed using lane closures, signs and flagmen. The test areas will then be evaluated quarterly for one year to determine the best and most cost-efficient solution to address gravel road issues.
In order to communicate effectively with citizens, each affected resident on the chosen roads will receive a letter outlining the project. Additionally, the county will activate a dedicated webpage with information and updates on the county website.
Commissioner Stephen Wantz, Board President said, “Unpaved roads are a challenge not only for citizens but for our road crews; this provides an excellent opportunity to test and measure different systems for the best and most cost-effective solutions. I look forward to learning the results next fall.”
Open session is available for viewing on the county meeting portal. In addition, all meetings will be replayed on Comcast Channel 24.