Carroll's public works director says he plans one more visit to Spout Hill Road in Sykesville before he makes recommendations on its repair to the county commissioners.
"I plan to walk the whole road and then develop a cost estimate," Keith Kirschnick said.
The estimate will determine whether the county will split with Sykesville the cost of resurfacing the well-traveled road.
Mr. Kirschnick told the Sykesville Town Council Monday night that most of the road, which connects Central Avenue to Main Street, needs to be repaved with a 1 1/2 -inch-deep concrete surface.
The council is holding the county responsible for above-ground repairs because the town already has paid $165,000 for repairs to the county's sewer line under the roadway.
"Our agreement states the county is responsible for maintenance easements," said Town Manager James L. Schumacher.
Councilman Kenneth Clark threatened last month to close the road unless the county repaves it.
"You have to fix that road," Roseann Fischer, of Sykesville's Hawk Ridge development, told the commissioners at their meeting with the Town Council Monday. "I go up and down several times a day, and it's not safe."
County officials will decide what they will pay for and how much they will pay after they review cost estimates, said Mr. Kirschnick.
"It all depends on the cost," he said.
He said he hopes to discuss those estimates at Sykesville's April 12 Town Council meeting.