Rural Roads Program

About the Program

In September 2002, the county adopted a Rural Roads Program to address the preservation of the county’s existing 85 miles of gravel roads. This program suspends the county’s Stabilization Program whereby all gravel roads remaining in the county would eventually be improved with a tar and chip surface. The primary purpose of the program is to help protect the scenic and historic qualities of the roads as a way to support and enhance the agricultural and rural character of the county. 

This program would not prohibit road improvements required as part of approved subdivisions and the Division of Public Works (DPW) would continue with any maintenance or safety related improvements. Residents along a gravel road may be able to petition the county to have the road stabilized with a tar and chip surface.

Proposed Program Changes

Staff proposed several changes to the program to reflect the new Charter government and incorporate "lessons learned" during the administration of the program since its adoption.  A staff report describing the proposed changes was presented to the Roads Board at their June 3, 2019 meeting, and is available here.  Individuals may submit comments regarding the proposed changes to the email address below.  The Public Comment period ends July 21, 2019.