Gravel roads

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We manage about 217 miles of gravel roads, which connect area agriculture, tourism, recreation and homeowners.


Request road maintenance
You can request road maintenance or report road conditions by calling 503-846-ROAD (7623), emailing us or submitting a Road Service Request.

Some gravel roads are designated as Public Dedicated Roads (sometimes called Local Access Roads) and are not maintained by us. Adjacent property owners are responsible for their maintenance. A County Right-of-Way Permit is required for road improvements.


Surface stabilization and dust control
We use lignin sulfonate for surface stabilization on select areas of gravel roads. The areas generally include hills, corners and other areas prone to rutting, washboarding or potholes. 

Homeowners experiencing dust issues can complete a dust control agreement. These permits allow residents to hire a private contractor to apply dust abatement over portions of roadway not specifically targeted by the County. The permit allows County road grading to be coordinated with the private contractor’s application of the dust control material. The permit also ensures only environmentally safe products are used and applied appropriately.


Privately funded road improvement projects
Privately funded road improvement projects generally involve converting gravel roads to hard-surface roads. Other improvements, such as drainage projects, may also be eligible. Property owners have three options to privately fund these projects:

For properties on Public Dedicated Roads, or Local Access Roads, only the Right-of-Way Permit option is possible. 

Property owners need to obtain a Right-of-Way Permit before beginning work. For road classification information, call us at 503-846-ROAD (7623).

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Co-Op Agreement

Right-of-Way permits

Frequently Asked Questions