Official says harsh winter prompts inspections that normally occur every four years; pavement conditions exceed targets in some areas, not in others

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Washington County will survey roads this summer to assess damage from winter storms.Many roads maintained by Washington County will be surveyed this summer to assess potential damage from unusually harsh winter storms.

"That way we will know exactly what we have to work with," says Todd Watkins, principal engineer and acting director of the Operations & Maintenance Division within the county Department of Land Use and Transportation.

Watkins spoke Thursday (May 18) during a budget hearing of the Urban Road Maintenance District, which is governed by county commissioners but is legally separate from county government.

Watkins said roads are normally surveyed every four years, so the pavement inspections this year are out of the ordinary — and so is the likely damage.

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