Road Resurfacing and Reconstruction
The Infrastructure Management Division is responsible for the inventory, inspection, and repaving of County-maintained roads. This work is accomplished via our Pavement Management Program. Under this program, one third of the County’s 6300+ roads are inspected and given a condition rating each year, which translates to every County-maintained road being rated every third year. Roads are rated from zero (0) to one hundred (100) with one hundred being a perfect score. This condition rating considers the severity and extent of numerous criteria such as potholes, cracks, rutting, raveling, ride quality, traffic volume, and poor drainage. Each of these categories is assigned a point value. The road rating is determined by deducting the total assessed points from 100 (a perfect road). This rating system is used as the primary tool in prioritizing roads for inclusion in the Capital resurfacing and Reconstruction Program.
The Bureau’s road districts perform routine maintenance on County-maintained roadways. The Infrastructure Management Division (IMD) is responsible for work larger in scope. Utilizing contractor forces, IMD manages several methods and products, either alone or in combination, to most cost-effectively address various road conditions:
|Crack Sealing - Asphalt sealer is applied to roadway cracks to prevent water penetration.|
|Full Depth Patching - Failing areas of the roadway are removed and replaced.|
|Slurry Seal - A coating of liquid asphalt and binder used to provide skid resistance and extend the life of the road by sealing it from water penetration and oxidation.|
|Surface Treatment (Tar and Chip) - A combination of liquid asphalt and small stones used to fill cracks, provide skid resistance, and seal the road surface. Click here to view a short video demonstrating the surface treatment process.|
|Resurfacing/Repaving - Failing areas are patched and the roadway is resurfaced with new hot mix asphalt, or the existing hot mix is milled (removed) and replaced with new hot mix asphalt. This program category may also include limited repair of concrete curb, sidewalk, and drainage structures.|
|Full Reconstruction - The existing roadway, curb, and sidewalk are completely removed and reconstructed. This is the most costly alternative and is considered when the road is beyond normal maintenance measures. This sometimes requires engineering design work to address right-of-way issues, underlying sub-grade problems, drainage issues, realignment, etc. |
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Questions regarding the rating for a road, the Pavement Management Program, or requests for road resurfacing should be directed to the Infrastructure Management Division at (410) 222-4349 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any request for road resurfacing is subject to the availability of funds and road rating priorities. A representative from that division will keep you informed of the status of your request.
Requests for routine road surface maintenance, such as Pothole Repairs
, should be directed to the appropriate Road District
. Road districts are open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. They will investigate your request within one week (one day if it is a hazard) to advise you of a schedule for the work. If the work needed to resolve your request is larger in scope and beyond routine road surface maintenance, your request will be referred to the Infrastructure Management Division for prioritization.