Pennsylvania's Dirt & Gravel Road Maintenance Program is a pollution prevention program based on local control. Signed into law in April 1997, as Section 9106 of the PA Vehicle Code, the programs purpose is to fund safe, efficient and environmentally sound maintenance of dirt and gravel roads which have been identified as sources of dust and sedimentation pollution.
PA Act 89 of 2013, commonly known as the PA Transportation Bill, made significant changes to Pennsylvania's Dirt and Gravel Road Program.
Section 9106 is amended to read:Dirt, gravel and low volume road maintenance. Statement of purpose. It is the intent and purpose of this section:
To fund safe, efficient and environmentally sound maintenance of sections of dirt and gravel roads which have been identified as sources of dust and sediment pollution.
To establish a dedicated and earmarked funding mechanism that provides streamlined appropriation to the county level and enables local officials to establish fiscal and environmental controls.
To fund safe, efficient and environmentally sound maintenance of sections of low volume roads that are sealed or paved with an average daily traffic count of 500 vehicles or less.
General Rule - Of the funds available under section 9502(a)(1) (relating to imposition of tax), $7,000,000 shall be annually distributed to the department of conservation and natural resources for the maintenance and mitigation of dust and sediment pollution from parks and forestry roads. Funds in the amount of $28,000,000 shall be appropriated annually to the state conservation commission and administered in a non-lapsing, nontransferable account restricted to maintenance and improvement of dirt, gravel and low volume state and municipal roads. The state conservation commission shall apportion the funds based on written criteria it develops to establish priorities based on preventing dust and sediment pollution. In the first fiscal year, top priority shall be given to specific trouble spot locations already mapped by the task force on dirt and gravel roads and available from the department. A minimum of $8,000,000 of the total appropriated annually shall be for maintenance and improvement of low volume roads." (remainder of 9106 remains unchanged)