Evolution Of The Program to Protect Frederick County's Rural Roads

In 1977 there were more than 300 miles of gravel road in Frederick County, almost one quarter of all county maintained roads at that time.

In 1996 the Frederick County Roads Board requested that the Board of County Commissioners adopt a gravel roads program to protect the 140 miles of gravel roads. The proposal was not adopted, but interest in preserving rural roads continued.

In 2000, in response to another Roads Board request, the Board of County Commissioners asked the Department of Public Works to explore the idea of a rural roads program and come up with a proposal.

An ad hoc committee of civic organization representatives, county staff, and the Friends of Rural Roads, met for nearly a year to develop the proposal that was adopted unanimously by the Board of County Commissioners in 2002. Strong citizen support at the public hearing on the proposal was a kiey factor in bringing about adoption of the Rural Roads Resolution which included Frederick County's then 61 remaining miles of gravel roads.