Maine Alliance for Road Associations


Funding Option for Private Road

  • 11 Dec 2018 10:25 AM
    Message # 6955326

    I realize this my be a crazy ask, but I am asking just so I can communicate as such to Stakeholders who are impacted by small section of non public road.  Is there any private, state or federal funding mechanism for private roads?  Maybe something along the lines of DEP to mitigate runoff or some other similar agency?

  • 12 Dec 2018 5:24 AM
    Reply # 6956440 on 6955326

    Actually, I think it's a very good question. Ellsworth and the Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District have helped private roads along City lakes (Branch, Green, Patten Pond) used EPA 319 B grant money for improvements to prevent runoff etc .The  City also had grants for property owners to improve ldriveways and lake front properties to prevent runoff. When I googled it I found this:  Not sure if this link will work but you can google it. There may be more grant type money out there. You could check with your town, soil and water district, and similar agencies. These grants were all matching, up to 50% of project costs, I believe. Good luck.  

  • 12 Dec 2018 11:29 AM
    Reply # 6956915 on 6955326

    If there are questions of runoff into the lake, then yes.  I'm sure you're already aware of 23 MRSA 3106, but that doesn't provide funding.  It says a town "may" appropriate funding, but it is not obligated to do so.  Our daughter's road association got a grant through the Lakes Environmental Association.   If you could get them to help you get a grant, maybe the Town would agree to use its equipment to make the grant money go farther.

  • 13 Dec 2018 10:01 AM
    Reply # 6958140 on 6955326

    Note: It may qualify for runoff into the lake even if it is some distance away.  As long as it is in the watershed, runoff from the road will eventually make its way down to the lake.  My daughter's road association (that I mentioned above) got a grant to have two culverts replaced because they were in danger of washing out when there was an intense rain storm, and that would have dumped road materials into a stream that ended up in the at-risk lake.

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