Johnson County Discusses Road Standards

Johnson County Discusses Road Standards

Over the last few weeks the Johnson County Commissioners have discussed possibly revisiting road width standards for county subdivisions, after County Planner Rob Yingling brought the standards to their attention that he felt would be too much to ask developers to build and landowners to maintain.

The discussions stemmed from a discussion concerning the Emerald Park Subdivision and which standards the developer would be required to follow.
The County Commissioners decided what they wanted the developer to follow at their last meeting.

The Planning Commission, according to Yingling, recommended the road standards issue be revisited and suggested the road standards for Emerald park be the ones that wee in place when the subdivision was approved a number of years ago.

Yingling explains further.

If the developer chooses the new standards, the roads would be two 10-foot travel lanes, two four-foot shoulders where the daily travel warrants it on main roads and two 10-foot travel lanes and two-foot shoulders on secondary or lesser streets.
The old standards are two 12-foot travel lanes, a one-foot paved taper and a three-foot tapered gravel shoulder on each lane.

The commissioners voted to allow the developer to choose which road standard to use.

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