Statewide, there are over 20,000 miles of dirt and gravel roads, 32.9 miles of which can be found in Montgomery County. Each year, grant money is allocated for environmentally sensitive maintenance of dirt and gravel roads throughout Montgomery County. Municipalities have the opportunity to apply for the grant money to improve the quality of their dirt and gravel roads.
As of 2015, funding will be available for low volume roads: paved and tar and chip roads with less than 500 vehicles per day.
Municipalities can apply for funding by submitting a grant application to the district.
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Quality Assurance Board (QAB) meetings are held at the Montgomery County Conservation District office on the first Tuesday of each month at 10 am.
In April 1997, the Pennsylvania Dirt and Gravel Road Program was enacted into law as Section 9106 of the PA Motor Vehicle Code, with $5 million in annual funding for “environmentally sensitive road maintenance.”
The program goal is to fund safe, efficient, and environmentally sound maintenance of sections of dirt and gravel roads which have been identified as sources of dust and sediment pollution.
Benefits of the program include reduced road maintenance costs (blading, regrading, and regraveling), safer roads, and reduced sedimentation in water, which affects aquatic life and drinking water resources.
This program is part of the Education, Assistance, and Funding Program provided by the State Conservation Commission in cooperation with Penn State University.
For more information:
Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies: www.dirtandgravel.psu.edu
Dirt & Gravel Roads Coordinator: Eric Konzelmann, (610) 489-4506 ext. 19