The Highway Division is divided into several activities and functions. Among the many jobs of the Highway Division are road building, blacktopping of roads (new and overlay), surface treatment, ditching – outlet and roadside, bushing – outlet and roadside, roadside mowing, boat dock maintenance, boat ramp construction, bridge maintenance, snow removal, ice control, signage of all county roads, line stripping of all county roads, and operation of a maintenance/repair shop.
The Highway Division is also involved in an Adopt a Highway Program and serves an important role in emergency management for the County. Most notably providing resources to aid in recovery efforts from hurricane Isabel in 2003 and the June 2006 flooding in the north part of the County. Bridges – There are a total of 21 bridges in the County road system over 20 feet in length. In addition there are 7 major culvert pipe road crossings and 9 minor culvert pipe crossings that are owned and maintained by the Highway Division. The bridges and major culverts listed below are inspected by professionals trained by the state every 2 years in accordance with State regulations for safety.
Objectives for the Highway Division:
- Continue development of a Geographic Information System (GIS) for use of all County Departments.
- Finalize and adopt Specifications and Design Standards Manual for County Roads.
- Design and construct upgrade for Woods Road from MD Rt. 16 to Southside Avenue.
- Continue implementing in-house Computer Aided Design (CAD) capabilities.
- Perform routine Grading Permit, stormwater management and subdivision road constructions inspections.
- Complete design to replace Bestpitch Ferry Road Bridge over the Transquaking River.
- Manage expenditures of Waterway Improvement Program grant funds already approved (Chapel Cove Dredging, Tedious Creek Wharf Bulkhead, Elliott’s Island Jetty Riprap Protection, Trash and Sanitary Services at County Boat Ramps).
- Investigate new dredged spoil containment sites for creeks along Choptank River.
- Apply for additional Waterway Improvement Program grant funds for bulkhead and paving improvements at existing County owned boat ramps.
- Study stormwater drainage from end of Woods Road to Stone Boundary and Maple Dam Roads.
- Construct Punch Island Road improvements and Taylor’s Island Breakwater projects using Federal COE funding and DNR interest free loan.
- Investigate potential additional wetland mitigation bank projects.
- Continue obtaining various wetlands permits for general highway work.
- Apply for interest free loans for other County shore erosion projects. Potentially Elliott’s Island Road.
- Pursue funding sources for shoreline erosion control projects throughout the County (DNR, COE, MDE, etc.).
- Develop computerized inventories of County roadways, easements, drainage pipes, storm water management structures etc.