In 1997, Section 9106 of the PA Vehicle Code was enacted establishing The Dirt and Gravel Road Program (DGRP). The purpose of the law was to create a way to maintain the dirt and gravel public road system in a way that would have a reduced environmental impact.
In 2013 the law was changed to include low volume paved roads the Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road Maintenance Program (DGLV) emerged; low volume paved roads would be eligible for funding under the modified law. There was also an increase in the amount of funding to the program.
The law was set up to have some statewide policy/guidance but ultimately local control. There is a Quality Assurance Board (QAB) in each county that is in the program. The QAB makes decisions about local policies, ranks applications and makes recommendations to the Conservation District Board.
For a site to be eligible there must be a stream impact, the road must be publically owned and open to public travel, the municipality must be “ESM certified” and if it is paved it have less than 500ADT. ESM certified: the person in charge of the work plan and project implementation for the applying entity must have attended the environmentally sensitive maintenance (ESM) training within the past 5 calendar years.
- Avoid concentrating drainage where possible
- Minimize flow volumes
- Reduce effects of concentrated drainage
- Reduce surface erosion
- Reduce cost and frequency of road maintenance
The Adams County Conservation District will work with municipalities to identify problem areas, verify that the worksite is eligible, work through the administrative process, and help with the application preparation and work plan. The Conservation District is involved through the completion of the project in the field.