The Tug Hill Commission just released a new issue paper entitled “The Roads Less Traveled: Minimum Maintenance Roads.”
Town roads make up the majority of the transportation network in many rural areas of New York State. Towns are challenged to balance road maintenance that meets access requirements for residents and landowners, with keeping costs low, and therefore property taxes low, for those same residents and landowners. Minimum maintenance road designations, based on recommendations of the NYS Local Roads Research and Coordination Council, are an important tool used to strike that balance. Laws designating minimum maintenance roads have been adopted using home rule provisions. Recent legal challenges have prioritized the need for such designations to be authorized in state Highway law.
The full press release can be found here.