Residents in the Waters Landing area of Germantown should prepare for some minor traffic delays and an increase in noise in the area as the Montgomery County Department of Transportation Division of Highway Services is set to begin a pavement patching project on neighborhood streets.
The project is scheduled to begin sometime in April, but an exact date can’t be scheduled due to weather concerns and the availability of materials, according to Richard Dorsey, the chief of the field operations section of the Division of Highway Services. “We hope to get started on the Waters Landing project sometime mid- to late-next week,” said Dorsey, who also mentioned that he is a resident of the community where the work will take place.
Officially termed a full-depth permanent pavement patching project, work will included all of the roadways in the Waters Landing subdivision, which includes Spinning Wheel Drive, Court and Place; Hazelnut Court; Anndyke Way and Place; Neerwinder Street, Place, and Court; Coverdale Place; and Hartsbourne Way and Drive; Burnt Woods Drive and Place; Clear Morning Court; and Amber Hill Court.
All work on this project is expected to be completed within five weeks of the start of the project, weather permitting. Work hours are between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
This pavement system preservation project employs long term strategies to preserve and enhance the physical and operating conditions of the roadway system as it exists and assures a system serviceable for many years, according to a newsletter sent out by MCDOT. This project falls under the County’s Full-Depth Permanent Patching Program.
“The project is an attempt to make tax dollars go further by ensuring the road surfaces will remain operable for another 10 years,” said Dorsey.
“Overall, the pavement conditions in Waters Landing were generally rated as fair, with some areas described as needing more attention,” according to the MCDOT newsletter. “This rating meets the criteria for roadway preservation using Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) full-depth permanent patching.”
The project will consist of excavating and removing areas of pavements which hare distress and replacing them with new asphalt. “Full depth patching restores the pavement’s structural integrity and capacity to support vehicle loads,” according to MCDOT. “Further, patching will prevent water from infiltrating through the pavement and into the underlying road base, exacerbating the degree and extent of pavement deterioration.” Areas that have been patched with hot asphalt will yield a service life of 15 to 20 years.
“Continuous traffic will be maintained at all times utilizing lane closures and/or alternating one-way traffic patterns,” according to the MCDOT newsletter. “However, minor traffic delays may be experienced as our flaggers manually direct traffic safely through the construction zone. Minor traffic delays may also be experienced as we move our equipment around from one patch to another.”
Street patching may necessitate temporary lane closures and parking restrictions, said MCPDOT. Signs will be posted identifying such restrictions. Access to residences will be available at all times; however, minor delays may be experienced as workers restrict traffic from freshly placed hot mix asphalt.
For more information check out the MCDOT newsletter on this project.