It preserves and protects a multibillion dollar taxpayer investment; It provides the motorist the best use of public facilities; It makes safer highways; It provides smooth riding pavements that are more skid resistant; It strengthens the pavement; It provides safe and strong shoulders; It reduces pavement and shoulder maintenance; It eliminates potholing; It reduces wear and tear on vehicles; It makes for more fuel efficient vehicle operation; and It improves the riding comfort and performance of smaller cars. Route 97 in Howard County was resurfaced last year from I-70 to the Montgomery County Line a distance of 6.5 miles. The resurfacing did everything noted above and more. Previous to resurfacing by the Flintkote Stone Products Company, Frederick the road was in poor condition as it had had no attention in 30 years, other than routine maintenance. The work done last year by Flintkote for SHA will serve Marylanders well for many years in the future. It is an excellent job. Bids for resurfacing were curtailed during 1979 so that only 160 miles were bid compared to 500 miles in 1978 and approximately 300 miles per year prior to that. Word received to date indicates even less can be expected in 1980 than in 1979. The reasons given for the lack of monies to sustain the highway system are: revenues from the gas tax are down due to less useage and more efficient cars, revenues from the sale of new cars are down, expenses to fund a share of the construction costs of two subway systems are increasing, as are the operating deficits of two mass transit systems, and changed priorities. Our highway system handles a large percent of all people and goods moved in Maryland. A substantial resurfacing program is necessary to have it operate efficiently and to preserve it.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Maryland Asphalt Association, Incorporated

    Baltimore Life Building, 901 North Howard Street
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21201
  • Publication Date: 1980-5

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 15
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00315401
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1981 12:00AM