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Backlog of Wicomico Paving Projects

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WICOMICO COUNTY, Md.-  A decade of tough economic times meant budget cuts in Wicomico County.  Cuts came from all departments, including public works and the roads division.  Over time, a $35 million backlog of road repaving operations has developed, but some new money in this year's budget will begin to make a dent in that total.

Wicomico County has authorized $2.2 million for public works and road repair projects during the current fiscal year, which began in early July. The public works department is creating a list of high priority roads that need the most attention.

"As we vet that list or develop that list, we are going to be looking at several criteria.  One of them is the condition of the road, also the traffic that road carries and accident history.  If the road has a large history of accidents, we will take that into account," said Public Works Director, Lee Beauchamp.

The $2.2 million will be used for paving, capping residential streets and a tar and chip operation for some of the more rural roads that need attention.  Public works also wants to begin a pavement monitoring system, so the department will be able to keep tabs on the conditions of county roads and prioritize money when it becomes available.

The list of priority roads should be completed within the next month-and-a-half, and will then be submitted to the county executive and county council for approval.  Once approved, the new road repairs can get underway.

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