Road Projects

Plainfield Township 2021 Road Repairs
 
Plainfield Township is investing approximately $750,000 in street repairs this summer and fall to enhance travel within the Township as part of a new three-year road repair plan.
 
The funds are being matched by the Kent County Road Commission for a total of $1.5 million to repair, resurface or replace more than six miles of roads in the Township. Repairs are expected to be completed during the 2021 construction season.
 
The Kent County Road Commission manages and oversees the Township’s road repair plan and uses multiple methods depending on the street’s condition. Utilizing multiple methods extends a road’s lifespan and allows for repairs before significant costs and construction are required to fully replace the road. 
 
The two types of road repairs scheduled for this year are:  
 

Partial depth mill and fill: Removes approximately 1.5 inches off of the existing road 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.

For a list of the Township’s 2021 road projects, click here.

The Township works with the Road Commission to determine which roads to repair and the treatment process. The Township is responsible for sharing in the cost to repair 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).

Updates on construction projects will be posted on the Road Commission’s website.

Property Owner’s Guide to Road Construction

Is your street scheduled for repairs this year? If so and you’re unsure about how work will affect your property and routine activities, the Kent County Road Commission offers tips for preparing for road projects before repairs begin and what to expect throughout the process.
 
Driveway Access

Property owners generally have driveway access during projects. However, access to driveways may be limited for brief periods during paving work. If property owners require driveway access during this time, they can consult with the on-site contractor or inspector.

Sprinklers, Invisible Dog Fences, Homeowner-Placed Utilities

Underground sprinkling systems, invisible dog fencing and private homeowner-placed underground utilities are not permitted in the public road right-of-way.

If these items are within 3 feet of the road, it is the property owner’s responsibility to flag or stake the area. While crews do their best to work around these systems, any damage is the property owner’s responsibility. Sprinklers that border the road should be turned off during the road project.

Schedule

The Kent County Road Commission gives its contractors flexibility in scheduling to achieve the best contract price possible. While inconvenient for planning purposes, this helps to stretch tax dollars and complete more miles of road improvements.

Work may be conducted anytime between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Occasional Sunday work may be required to complete the project within the contracted time frame. Before each project begins, the Road Commission posts yard signs asking property owners to avoid parking on road. Construction typically starts within 48 hours of these signs being posted. Weather, equipment issues or simultaneous projects can impact the timing of work, so an exact day-to-day schedule cannot be provided.

Restoration

When the project is completed, topsoil and grass seed in the right-of-way is placed by the Road Commission within four weeks. Property owners are responsible for watering and maintaining the area to assist with growth.

Plainfield Township is investing approximately $750,000 in street repairs this year to enhance travel within the Township as part of a new three-year road repair plan. The funds are being matched by the Road Commission for a total of $1.5 million to repair, resurface or replace more than six miles of roads in the Township. Repairs are expected to be completed during the 2021 construction season.

Updates on construction projects will be posted on the Road Commission’s website.