The Venango Dirt and Gravel Roads program, administered by the Venango Conservation District, provides education and funding to municipalities to improve dirt and gravel roads in the county. Trout Unlimited found that sediment from dirt roads can be a major contributor of pollution to streams in Pennsylvania. As a result the Commonwealth allocates millions of dollars statewide annually to conservation districts for its Dirt and Gravel Roads program.
Thanks to Ashley Hazlett, the Venango Conservation District Dirt Gravel and Low Volume Roads Technician, this blog entry will showcase a Dirt and Gravel Roads program project in Victory Township. The Dennison Run Road project spans across 400 feet of a hilly dirt road. The section in question was consistently having drainage issues and was losing road surface during storm events.
The funding requested for this project was $13.500.00. This funding helped provide for the addition of three new cross pipes. Ditches and banks were also stabilized and road fill was added to maintain a proper crown and a safe driving surface. The estimated value of the project is $18,913.00.
Victory Township anticipates submitting an application for further Dirt & Gravel Roads program funding to continue drainage and road surface improvements to the upper hill area of the road.