Plainfield Township is investing approximately $750,000 in road repairs this summer and fall to enhance travel within the Township as part of a three-year road repair plan.
The funds are being matched by the Kent County Road Commission for a total of $1.5 million that will repair, resurface or replace nearly six miles of roads in the Township. Repairs are expected to be completed during the 2020 construction season.
The Kent County Road Commission manages and oversees the road repair process for the Township and uses multiple methods depending upon the condition of the road. Utilizing multiple methods extends a road’s lifespan and addresses road repairs before significant costs and construction are required to fully replace the road.
The three types of road repairs for the 2020 projects include:
3.5-inch mill and fill: The most intensive of the three treatments to be used this year which removes and replaces nearly all the existing asphalt. Other sub-surface repairs such as adding gravel to fill low areas or fixing broken culverts are made where needed.
Single course mill and fill: Removes approximately half the existing asphalt and replaces it with a new layer.
Low volume ultra-thin overlay: Places a thin layer on top of the existing pavement and is used to extend the life of streets that have not yet deteriorated to the point of requiring a more expensive repair.
To view the Township’s 2020 road projects, click here.
The Township works with the Kent County Road Commission to determine which roads to repair and the treatment process. The Township is responsible for funding the repair of local streets, while federal, state and county agencies are responsible for funding highways and county primary roads such as U.S. 131 (federal), Plainfield Avenue (state) and West River Drive (county).
This is the second year of the Township’s three-year road repair plan, which was established in 2019 to outline which roads would receive repairs each year to help residents understand when they can expect a road to be fixed.
Updates on construction projects can be found on the Road Commission’s website.