Foot traffic from so many festivals, difficulties for drivers seeing lane markings and a desire to keep walkways as nice as the one in front of a nearby hotel are all part of the reason the City of Rockville is spending almost $1 million to replace some of its road paving around the Town Center area.
“The lane markings didn’t do that well,” said City of Rockville Chief of Construction Management Mike Wilhelm.
Last week workers from Olney Masonry Construction in Beltsville braved the bitter cold temperatures to begin replacing sections of brick pavement along Maryland Avenue, continuing a project started during the summer when workers replaced 150 feet of brick along Maryland Avenue and East Jefferson Street with asphalt, Wilhelm said. The company has been replacing sections of brick pavements and walkways – much of which were originally installed in 1998 – because drivers had trouble distinguishing between lanes which created problems at intersections, Wilhelm said.
After the initial stages along Maryland and East Jefferson, the work continued along Courthouse Square, East Montgomery Avenue, East Washington Street and Maryland Avenue.
The walkways that are being replaced normally last 20 to 25 years, Wilhelm said. The paving around Town Square is just about 20 years old, but Wilhelm said it really lasted about as long as could be expected as that is a “highly-used area” with lots of foot traffic from festivals, which takes a toll on the pavement.
City officials also decided to install new brick paving at Town Center near the Cambria Hotel and Suites on Helen Heneghan Way at Town Center, which opened in 2015. The hotel paving work at its entrance area made the City’s nearby brick paving “look real bad,” Wilhelm said.
Because much of the brick that is being replaced was near the end of its life span, the improvements were planned, and money was earmarked for it, he said.
Wilhelm noted that the final cost is expected to be “a little less than $1 million” when all work is finished, which he said should take a few weeks.