October 19, 2006
ROAD ACCEPTANCE POLICY
If you live on a County dirt road and it is rarely or barely
maintained, what is your opinion about accepting more roads
into county maintenance? If your road is paved but in poor
condition, what is your opinion about more roads
being maintained by the county? An existing
development ordinance regulates new subdivision roads and
how they are accepted by the County for maintenance. Following
is the proposed new policy for accepting roads into County
for acceptance of roads into the County system (proposed):
Before the County
will consider roads for acceptance or dedicated roads for
maintenance, either of the following requirements must be
40% of the
subdivision lots shall be sold and/or
have been constructed In accordance with the provisions
of the Development Ordinance and shall have been paved
for three years.
have been in existence prior to January 1,1989, and removed
from the maintenance route by the Board of Commissioners
at that time,
have been maintained by County forces prior to January
must be willing to donate adequate right-of-way (60 feet
road width) for future paving of the road.
In the right-of-way must be deeded to the County at the
owner’s expense and accepted by the County Commission.
must be requested from the office of Public Works. Completed
applications should be returned to the Public Works Office
for further handling.
owners shall participate in the initial cost of
bringing the road up to County standards. County standards
shall be defined as “the condition in which the road was
in during the time the County maintained the road, as
testified by the Public Works Director.”
of Commissioners will make the final decision on acceptance
of the road into the County system.
Ordinance 806.F.6, “The applicant shall have core tests
made to verify the thickness of the street base and asphalt
pavement complies with GDOT standards.,.1’ Generally, the
Road Department and the Planning and Zoning Department work
together and require core samples be taken every 500 feet.
This is done in order to ensure that the pavement meets
the current requirement of 6” base and 2” asphalt, and the
proper compaction. These standards have been adopted to
ensure and specify standards that will stand the test of
Note: People we have talked with agree that the property
owner, not the county (taxpayers) should solely bear the
cost of bringing the road up to County Standards before
the road is accepted into the County maintenance system.
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