Friday, February 26, 2010
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), Division of Highway Services has been selected as a 2009 Asphalt Pavement Award winner by the Maryland Asphalt Association for its work to rehabilitate the roads in the Bethesda neighborhood of Battery Park. Most of the roads were in very poor condition, and MCDOT removed and replaced deteriorated concrete sidewalks, curbs and gutters, as needed, ground off two to four inches of the roadway surface, further evaluated the road substructure for damage, patched where needed, installed geo-textile fabrics to strengthen the road base, and resurfaced the roadway with hot mix asphalt.
MCDOT worked closely with the community to keep the current configuration of streets and to minimize the impact on residents during the project. The cost for the project was $1.1 million and it was completed in December 2008.
The rehabilitation of the Battery Park neighborhood was completed under a new program County Executive Isiah Leggett began in 2008 that is taking a more systematic and comprehensive approach to maintaining the County’s transportation infrastructure. For the first time, MCDOT conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the more than 5,000 lane miles of County roads, and is using this assessment to prioritize its decisions about the types of improvements needed to maintain the County’s transportation network. To ensure that the County maintains an up-to-date assessment of road conditions, the evaluation will be conducted every two years.