Permanent Patching: Residential/Rural Roads (P501106)

  • Category: Transportation

  • Sub Category: Highway Maintenance

  • Administering Agency: Transportation (AAGE30)

  • Planning Area: Countywide

  • Date Last Modified: 4/21/14

  • Required Adequate Public Facility: No

  • Relocation Impact: None

  • Status: Ongoing




This project provides for permanent patching of rural/residential roads in older residential communities. This permanent patching program provides for deep patching of rural and residential roads to restore limited structural integrity and prolong pavement performance. This program will ensure structural viability of older residential pavements until such time that road rehabilitation occurs. Based on current funding trends, many residential roads identified as needing reconstruction may not be addressed for 40 years or longer. The permanent patching program is designed to address this problem. Pavement reconstruction involves either total removal and reconstruction of the pavement section or extensive deep patching followed by grinding along with a thick structural hot mix asphalt overlay. Permanent patching may improve the pavement rating such that total rehabilitation may be considered in lieu of total reconstruction, at significant overall savings.

Cost Change

Increase due to addition of a $2.992 million FY14 supplemental and FY19-20 to this ongoing level of effort project.


In FY09, the Department of Transportation instituted a pavement management system. This system provides for systematic physical condition surveys. The physical condition surveys note the type, level, and extent of residential pavement deterioration combined with average daily traffic and other usage characteristics. This information is used to calculate specific pavement ratings, types of repair strategies needed, and associated repair costs, as well as the overall Pavement Condition Index (PCI) of the entire residential network. The system also provides for budget optimization and a systematic approach to maintaining a healthy residential pavement inventory. The updated 2013 pavement condition survey indicated that 180 lane miles (4 percent) of residential pavement have fallen into the lowest possible category and are in need of structural patching. Typically, pavements rated in this category require between 15-20 percent permanent patching per lane mile. Physical condition inspections of residential pavements will occur on a 2-3 year cycle.

Fiscal Note

$36 million is the annual cost required to maintain the current Countywide Pavement Condition Index of 68 for residential and rural roads. Related CIP projects include Residential and Rural Road Rehabilitation (#500914) and Resurfacing: Residential/Rural Roads (#500511).


Expenditures will continue indefinitely.

The Executive asserts that this project conforms to the requirements of relevant local plans, as required by the Maryland Economic Growth, Resource Protection and Planning Act.


Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Washington Gas Light Company, Department of Permitting Services, PEPCO, Cable TV, Verizon, Montgomery County Public Schools, Regional Services Centers, Community Associations, Commission of People with Disabilities