Dirt & Gravel Road Program eligible applicants include any state or local public entity that owns and maintains public roads. The majority of applicants are townships, but other entities such as boroughs, cities, counties, PA Game Commission, PennDOT, PA Fish & Boat Commission, and others are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will enter into a contract with the Clarion Conservation District to complete project work. All public entities must have an ESM certified employee as the on site project coordinator. For technical assistance contact Devin Lineman, DGR Technician. 814-297-7812 or email@example.com
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WHY IS THE DIRT AND GRAVEL ROAD PROGRAM IMPORTANT IN PENNSYLVANIA?
Pennsylvania has more than 17,000 miles of dirt and gravel roads, which must be maintained to protect nearby streams from runoff and sediment from unpaved roads. By raising road elevations, reshaping banks, installing drainage pipes and planting natural buffers, Pennsylvania’ waterways and their inhabitants are shielded from the damaging effects of pollution.
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Driving Surface Aggregate (DSA) is an aggregate mixture of crushed stone designed specifically as a surface-wearing course for unpaved roads. While larger stones provide the road’s structural support, DSA is a well-balanced mixture, including fines, which holds the road together and produces a dense, tightly paced road surface. Proper maintenance is required to re-establish the proper mixture.
Clarion County’s Dirt and Gravel Road program provides funding to townships to eliminate stream pollution caused by dust and sediment from unpaved roads.
Funding is distributed to counties by the State Conservation Commission (§ 9106 of the Motor Vehicle Code) and is based on identified pollution sites. The SCC provides administration and project guidance to Conservation Districts and reports annually to the PA Legislature on program status.
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Technical assistance is provided to districts and townships by Penn State’s Center for Dirt and Gravel Roads.
Natural stone headwalls and endwalls are built to support the roadway at pipes to prevent erosion around pipe installations. The properly constructed headwalls will significantly improve the flow capacity of the pipe.
Clarion County Association of Township Officials Website
Underdrains collect subsurface water before it appears on the road surface or in the road ditch. By intercepting this water underdrains can help dry out road base, ditches, and banks that would otherwise be wet from emerging springs and seeps. Underdrains also prevent subsurface water from mixing with sediment-laden surface runoff during storm events.