Tar and Chip in Carroll County, MD
Westminster, MD
06/01/2018 09:03 AM

Keeping roads safe and passable are an important service Carroll County Government provides for its citizens. The Bureau of Roads Operations of Carroll County, MD maintains approximately 988 miles of roads.

Many of these roads are in rural areas of Carroll County and are not heavily traveled.  To maintain these roads, County Roads Operations uses a form of road pavement called tar and chip. Citizens may have heard it referred to as tar and chip, chipseal , and seal coat. Roads Operations uses 20 percent tar and chip and 80 percent micro seal on county roads. 

The Tar and Chip road surface is a cost effective way of maintaining Carroll County’s rural roads.  Tar and Chip is used on paved roads that have too many cracks for microseal. Since rural roads are typically considered low traffic volume the tar and chip is a successful and economical form of preserving the integrity of the road.  

Have questions about a road near you? Call 410-386-6717 to reach the Bureau of Roads Operations. Even better, subscribe to the topic of Roads Operations with Carroll Connect on Carroll County Government's website. 


More about Roads Operations of Carroll County, MD

The Bureau of Roads Operations maintains approximately 988 miles of roads of which 923 miles are paved and 65 miles are unpaved. There are also 154 bridges which are County owned and maintained. Routine maintenance performed includes pavement patching and crack sealing, pavement line striping and traffic control signage, storm drain and road cross culvert pipe repair and replacement, drainage outfall and roadside ditch grading, unpaved road grading, roadside tree trimming and tree removal, traffic barrier repair, roadside mowing and snow plowing. The Bureau responds to emergency situations such as removing downed trees, road closures due to flooding and vehicle accidents.

The Bureau of Roads Operations is also responsible for the maintenance of all types of road signs as well as highway striping.

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