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Dirt, Gravel & Rural Road Improvement
Snyder County > Departments > Conservation District > Dirt, Gravel & Rural Road Improvement

 January 2019 Update

++ January 2019 Update ++

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) currently has funds available to help townships, boroughs and agencies with road projects in environmentally sensitive areas. This funding is made available through the State Conservation Commission (SCC) and Penn State Center for Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Roads.

If you have a road or stream crossing that you feel should be considered, please contact your local supervisors who own the road and encourage them to look into the program. If you have any other questions, contact SCCD Resource Conservation Technician Tim Hornberger at 570-837-3000, x113, or by email at

 General Information

Pennsylvania’s Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road Maintenance Program (DGLVR Program) provides education and grant funding to local public-road-owning entities throughout the state. The DGLVR Program has dedicated $4 million annually to unpaved roads since 1997 throughout PA. Statewide, it was recently expanded in 2014 to dedicate $20 million to unpaved roads and $8 million to paved low-volume roads with less than 500 vehicles per day on a yearly basis.

At the core of the Program is the implementation of “Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance Practices” aimed at reducing the environmental impacts of local public roads, while simultaneously reducing long term maintenance costs. (See section below for municipal leaders.) The PA State Conservation Commission (SCC) administers the DGLVR Program at the state level, and allocates funding to conservation districts in 65 counties throughout PA. Local public-road-owning entities, largely townships and boroughs, apply for grants to their local conservation district and work with them to complete projects. The Penn State Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies (Center) provides education, outreach, and technical assistance for the Program. More information available can be found at:

Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) has been involved with the DGLVR Program since 2000. We have allocated over $1.1 million , with another $114,000 contracted for 2019. As of January 2019, the SCCD currently has just over $30,000 available for Dirt & Gravel projects and nearly $50,000 for Low Volume Road projects. 

For more information on the program, please contact Tim Hornberger, Resource Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x113. 

Note: The above picture shows a paver placing driving service aggregate (DSA) during a rehabilitation project on Shale Pit Road in Spring Township. While municipalities and drivers appreciate the improved roads, the local water quality is improved by reducing or eliminating road sediment from reaching nearby streams.

 Info for Municipal Leaders

In order for a municipal government become eligible (or to remain eligible) for funds under this program, at least one municipal leader (such as a township supervisor) must attend a 2-day "Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance (ESM) of Dirt and Gravel Roads" course through the Center for Dirt & Gravel Road Studies. This must be done before an application can be accepted by the Conservation District.

As of this time, these Snyder County townships have had at least one representative attend the above mentioned 2-day  course: Adams, Beaver, Center, Chapman, Franklin, Jackson, Perry, Spring, Washington and West Beaver.

Contact Tim Hornberger, Resource Conservation Technician (570-837-3000, x113) for more information about the 2-day course, application process or roads that may be eligible under this program.

 Meeting Explaining Progam Held

In early 2017, the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) invited public road owning entities (e.g.: municipalities, county governments, government agencies) to an informational meeting to hear about grant program opportunities for eligible dirt & gravel and low volume trafficked roads.  The session was held at the Shade Mountain Winery, 16140 Route 104, Middleburg and opened with a catered breakfast for attendees.

More information about this meeting may be found here. You can also contact Tim Hornberger, Resource Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x113, for more information.

 Contact Information

Snyder County Conservation District
10541 Route 522
Middleburg, PA 17842
Phone: (570) 837-3000
Fax: (570) 837-7300
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 Municipality Application Notice

The SCCD's Quality Assurance Board (QAB) would like to remind all municipalities, agencies and other road owning entities that applications are due shortly for grant funding for the 2017 Dirt, Gravel, Low-Volume Road (DGLVR) program.  The following has been added to our QAB policies and was adopted on January 5, 2016.
Ranking and Scoring: “Funding priority shall be given to those applicants that provide factual data to the QAB of a need to correct a site that possesses a potential or an ongoing pollution occurrence. The Snyder County Conservation District will accept applications up to September 1st for the following year’s projects on a rolling basis. If there are any remaining funds, a second round of applications will be accepted up to March 1st. Higher ranking will be given to those applicants that exhibit severe stream impacts such as bank and ditch erosion, loss of road fines, outlet stability, distance to stream, road slope and shape, condition of cross pipes/culverts and saturation of area. Other priorities are given to in-kind contributions of labor, materials and/or equipment.”
Funding for these projects is made available through the State Conservation Commission and the Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies. For more information, contact Tim Hornberger (x113) at 570-837-3000.

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