Dirt & Gravel Roads Program


The Dirt and Gravel Roads Program began in Juniata County in 1998. There are more than 26,000 miles of dirt & gravel roads in Pennsylvania. Funding for the Dirt & Gravel Roads Program is provided through Pennsylvania’s Motor Vehicles License Fund.

This program helps to cost share road improvements by local municipalities within Juniata County. These improvements are designed to decrease soil erosion & water pollution (both direct & indirect) created by runoff from existing dirt & gravel roads. Types of Best Management Practices (BMPs) utilized on dirt & gravel road projects include proper drainage measures, water bars, cross pipes, inlet protection, use of geotextile, use of Driving Surface Aggregate (DSA), etc. All projects are designed site specific, between the municipal officials & the District staff.

The Juniata County Conservation District has allocated over $476,353 to its eligible municipalities from 1998 through 2014.

For a municipality to become eligible (or maintain eligibility) for funds under this program, at least one municipal leader must attend a two-day Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance (ESM) of Dirt & Gravel Roads course, which is done through the Center for Dirt & Gravel Road Studies at the Penn State University. This must be done prior to an application being submitted to the District for potential funding.

Applications are generally accepted through the late winter/early spring of the year, as funding is available. A District Technician will notify townships eligible for program funding when funding is available and applications will be accepted. All applications are ranked & scored using standardized criteria, and the Juniata County Conservation District Board of Directors ultimately approves applications, as funding is available.

For more information, please contact Michael Lock, Resource Conservation Technician, at 717-436-8953, extension 5.

Resources:

Juniata CCD Quality Assurance Board Policy

Dirt & Gravel Roads Forms/Materials - http://www.dirtandgravel.psu.edu/resources/resources.html

Dirt & Gravel Roads Training - http://www.dirtandgravel.psu.edu/edu_training/edu_training.html