Road Department

Responsibilities
The Road Department is responsible for maintenance and improvements of county roads / highways, snow removal, flood control, dirt work and paving for other public infrastructure, and county vehicle maintenance.

Roads and highways are an important part of Grand County's infrastructure and its long-term well being. Roads protect and enlarge on the county's tax base.
Road Map
Classification & Service Area
Road Miles Classification Description
1,200 natural surfaces
200 paved 
200 gravel
 
1,600 miles total
Class  Roads / highways for which the county receives state gas tax funds to help with maintenance; all are identified on state maps and are possible with a regular 2-wheel drive passenger vehicle.

To fully understand the service provided by this department, one must first have knowledge of the Grand County road system history and demand. There are 3,692 square miles in Grand County, which ranks 9th largest of Utah's 29 counties. Over several decades of natural resource development in Grand County, companies built hundreds of miles of roads at no cost to the county. These roads allowed residents to gain access into some of the most geographically unique and scenic country in the world.

As the local economy moved toward tourism and recreation, these same roads continue to reap benefits. Visitors travel to Grand County from all over the world to enjoy recreation in the canyons, deserts, and mountains of the area. Access to the back country is as essential to the tourism, recreation and film industries as it is to natural resource development.

Road Maintenance

From the top of the Book Cliffs to the red-rock canyons to the LaSal Mountains, there are approximately 5,100 miles of roads in the county including state highways, city streets, reservation roads, and private roads.

 The department maintains over 1,400 miles of these roads, about 180 of which are paved and about 150 miles of graveled, and the remainder are natural materials. In addition to the road surface, all associated structures (bridges, culverts, signs, etc.) are also maintained. The Road Department is funded by fuel taxes paid at the pump.

Other Maintenance
The department also maintains the Spanish Valley Drainage System. In addition to clean up and maintenance work, this involves building flood control structures as defined by the Grand County Storm Drainage Master Plan (PDF) that was adopted in 1997 and as amended.