Program Background

ACCD administers the Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Roads (DGLVR) Program in Allegheny County. State Legislature established the Dirt and Gravel Road Program in 1997 to eliminate stream pollution caused by runoff and sediment from unpaved roads. This program utilizes funds allocated from the licensing and registration of motor vehicles in PA to provide opportunities locally to stabilize dirt and gravel roads. These funds are provided to the State Conservation Commission which then allocates the funds to Conservation Districts based on the miles of dirt roads in the county. The Board of Directors appointed a Quality Assurance Board (QAB) to make decisions regarding the program on a county basis. The Quality Assurance Board is composed of representatives from the Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the PA Fish and Boat Commission.

Low Volume Roads were added to the program under the most recent funding year (2014-2015) and PA Transportation Bill. Low Volume Roads are roads with less than 500 vehicles per day. Traffic counts are required to be submitted with all Low Volume Road applications. Conservation Districts are now accepting applications for Low Volume Road projects. The main focus for Low Volume Roads continues to focus on sedimentation control through improved and stabilized road drainage. It is not the intention of the Low Volume Roads program to (re)pave roads.