Dedicated but Unmaintained County Roads (P501117)

  • Category: Transportation
  • Sub Category: Roads
  • Administering Agency: Transportation (AAGE30)
  • Planning Area: Countywide
  • Date Last Modified: 1/6/14
  • Required Adequate Public Facility: No
  • Relocation Impact: None
  • Status: Under Construction





This project provides funds for the study and prioritization of improvements to Dedicated but Unmaintained (DBU) County Roads in order to accept them into the County's road maintenance system. Once the need and priority of the roadway improvements are established, funding will be provided for their design and construction. As stipulated in the DBU County Roads Policy, the County will fund planning, design and supervision costs up to ten percent of the total cost of each project. The remaining costs for these projects will be recovered from the communities through a special tax assessment. The DBU County Roads Policy was developed by the DBU County Roads Working Group. The Policy provides guidance for County officials in responding to requests from residents for improvements to, or maintenance of, DBU County Roads in a consistent manner, and establishes criteria for evaluating the need for improvements to the DBU County Roads. Fawsett Road in Potomac is the first road to apply and be selected for design and construction of improvements under the DBU program. The proposed improvements include roadway pavement and a storm drain system.

Cost Change

Design for improvements to Fawsett Road was completed in FY14 and construction will be completed in FY15.


A total of 59 Roads have been identified and inventoried as DBU County Roads. In the past, residents have requested that the County assume maintenance of various non-standard roads even though County policy prohibits acceptance of maintenance responsibilities for roadways that do not meet County standards. The purpose of this project is to respond to these requests in accordance with the recently adopted DBU County Roads Policy. Under the terms of the policy, citizen requests will result in comparative studies of the DBU County Roads to determine the priority and ranking of the requested projects. In accordance with the policy, residents of Fawsett Road petitioned the County for design and reconstruction of Fawsett Road to meet County standards and to subsequently provide future maintenance of the road. It was determined that Fawsett Road met the qualifications under the policy and was selected for implementation.

Fiscal Note

The revised cost estimate for construction of Fawsett Road was prepared in Fall 2011.


Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services, Montgomery County Department of Finance, Montgomery County Civic Federation