Sediment is a major pollutant of Pennsylvania streams, and dirt and gravel roads are a significant source of such pollution. The Pennsylvania Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU) noticed this in the early 1990s and brought the issue of dirt and gravel road runoff and sediment pollution to prominence. This ultimately led to the creation of the Pennsylvania Dirt and Gravel Road Maintenance Program when Section 9106 of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code was signed into law in 1997. In 2013, low-volume roads were added to the program. Low-volume roads are defined as “sealed or paved roads with an average daily traffic count of 500 vehicles or less.”
What is the Dirt, Gravel, and Low-Volume Road Maintenance Program?
The Dirt, Gravel, and Low-Volume Road Maintenance Program provides funds for “safe, efficient, and environmentally sound maintenance” on public dirt, gravel, and low-volume roads. The projects funded by this program simultaneously increase the quality of the roads, reduce their environmental impacts, and reduce long-term maintenance costs.
The State Conservation Commission allocates program money to the Huntingdon County Conservation District. The District provides technical assistance and education to townships and other public entities with dirt, gravel, and low-volume road issues. Each eligible township interested in receiving funds must submit an application to the Conservation District, describing what the funds will be used for and how problems will be alleviated on the dirt and gravel road in question. A Quality Assurance Board (QAB) organized by the Conservation District then reviews and scores all applications submitted and awards funding to worthy projects. If you are interested in pursuing funding, please contact Sherri Law, our Dirt & Gravel Roads Technician. Please see the PSU Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies for more information on this program.
**Are you a new Township Supervisor or Roadmaster? You will need to go through a two-day training in order to be eligible to apply for the Dirt, Gravel, and Low-Volume Roads Program. Please click here to see the next available training date.
Please click here to see what this program has done for our county since its inception in 1997. Look below to see some examples of why this program is beneficial.