Supes to consider plan to halt maintenance on 100 miles of rural roads

Sonoma County may soon turn its back on 100 miles of rural roadways.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will consider stopping maintenance on certain roads to save an estimated $843,000 a year in manpower and material, though at the risk of significant inconvenience to some.

"Once we take roads off the maintenance system we are not allowed to spend money on those roads," said Phil Demery, the county's director of transportation and public works. "So if you had a minor landslide on a road, we couldn't spend any money on that."

The proposal comes as supervisors weigh ways to close a $43 million gap in the county's $379 million general fund.

The change would target low-volume byways used by less than 400 vehicles a day, provided that property owners along them have other means of access, Demery said.

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