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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Highway Services Update on Paving and Patching Operations

The Department of Transportation’s Division of Highway Services (DHS) recently began road resurfacing projects on: Research Boulevard between Shady Grove R road and Omega Drive, Muddy Branch Road, from Darnestown Road (MD 28) to Dufief Mill Road; Lockwood Drive, from MD 650 to Stewart Lane; Shakespeare Boulevard, between Frederick Road and Observation Drive; Observation Drive, north of Ridge Road; and Falls Chapel Way.  

For these projects, DHS patches areas of distressed pavement; mills the roadway surface, removing one to two inches to improve drainage; makes utility adjustments; seals cracks; repaves the road using hot mix asphalt; and restores the lane markings.

Over the next three to four weeks, Tucker Lane , between New Hampshire Avenue and Ashton Road will be permanently patched. This is a cost effective interim way of maintaining roadway structural integrity. Areas of pavement that require replacement down to the road base are excavated and replaced with hot mix asphalt. This full depth patching restores the pavement’s structural integrity, and prevents water from getting into the pavement and underlying road base. Patching extends roads life between 15 and 20 years.

Sidewalk and curb repairs are also in progress in the communities of Tivoli , Silver Spring ; Ken-Gar, Kensington; Glenmont Hills, Kensington; Greencastle Lakes , Burtonsville; and Longmead Crossing, Silver Spring .

The work involves removing and replacing damaged sidewalks and ensuring that curb ramps are accessible to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act; removing and replacing damaged and misaligned curbs; and restoring disturbed areas with soil, grass seed, and straw mulch. While DHS is in the neighborhood, residents can take advantage of the competitive price offered by the County to replace driveway aprons (the portion of the driveway that is within the public right-of-way) and lead walks (the sidewalk from the edge of the road to a homeowner’s property line).

For more information on Highway Services’ resurfacing projects throughout the County, visit the Division of Highway Services’ website or call 311, Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm .

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