County announces paving list

The Washington County Engineer’s Office has announced its summer paving program for roads in the county.

Washington County Highway Superintendent Calvin Becker said about 20 miles of county roads will get a new surface before fall. The project will include paving, a center line and, where the road is wide enough, white edge lines.

Shelly & Sands earned the $1,130,816.50 project after Washington County Commissioners approved the only submitted bid Thursday.

Lauren Dutton, 52, of 1160 Cole Coffman Road, said her road is fine and she would rather see work done on Groves Avenue, which she calls a “nightmare” with all the ruts in both lanes.

Dutton is going to get her wish.

Engineer Roger Wright said getting seven to 10 years out of the roads being paved is typical. Using chip- and-seal (a combination of small limestones and tar) can extend the life of the paving by at least two years because it is so expensive to pave a mile

“We try to get the life extended out as far as we can,” he said.

The Engineer’s Office has several criteria with which it determines which county roads will get attention each year.

All the roads are scored to look at traffic and road condition, and based on those scores, deicions are made about where best to pave, Wright said. The planning goes into trying to pave into the same geographical area because mobilizations costs are so high. Having paving operations set up in New Matamoras and then moving to Belpre would yield a higher bill for the project, allowing less paving to be done overall.

On Highland Ridge Road near Lowell, despite the engineer’s paving plans, Naomi Roe, 61, who lives at 2307 Highland ridge Road, doesn’t think it’s needed there. However, Roe doesn’t think the project will cause too much of an interruption in her daily life this summer.

“They usually work very well,” Rose said. “They do a good job as far as traffic going through.”

The Engineer’s Office will continue its chip and seal work and will try microsurfacing on about 28 miles of roads. Becker said microsurfacing is a higher version of chip and seal but is much less expensive than asphalt.