Gravel Road Upgrade
Washington County, through the efforts of the Rural Roads Operations and Maintenance Advisory Committee (RROMAC), developed a program to fund the upgrade of some roads from gravel to a hard chip seal surface.
In 1997, RROMAC gained the Board of County Commissioners' approval to allocate 10 percent of any "new" road maintenance funds toward gravel road upgrades. With the passage of State House Bill 2041 in 2003, between $100,000 and $150,000 a year was allocated toward this effort for a ten-year period.
As of 2013, that funding is no longer available.
Upgrade Priority List
Upgrade of all gravel roads in the county to a hard surface is estimated to cost well over $15 million. A prioritization method ranks roads based on crop frontage, number of houses, traffic levels, and other factors.
View the upgrade priority list (PDF) as of August 2012.View the upgrades completed list (PDF) as of June 2015.
Related: Driving gravel roads
To find out how property owners can fund the upgrade of a gravel road or to request a service or report a road-related problem, call 503-846-ROAD (846-7623), email us or submit an online service request.