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Transportation Committee Policy Statements


  1. MACo promotes, offers suggestions and new ideas, investigates methods, and researches costs of providing improved and economical transportation for the public.
  2. MACo coordinates transportation planning for all units of local government.
  3. MACo consciously uses and plans county roads as tools to encourage proper land use to include a primary focus on farm-to-market activities.  The location of roads is a major factor in the pattern of controlled land development.  Carefully planned road locations and reconstruction may promote proper land use as well as economic efficiencies in the use of limited transportation funds.
  4. MACo urges legislation or policy aimed at placing disposition of road funds at the county level.
  5. MACo works with individual counties to develop road and bridge standards applicable to the county situation.
  6. MACo works with the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) on the maintenance responsibilities.
  7. MACo supports legislation to secure state and federal assistance in the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges used for recreational purposes or for access to public lands while granting counties greater discretion in determining road status and funding priorities.
  8. MACo maintains uniform procedures for posting private land.  Such posting procedures are warranted due to their applicability to gas tax revenue determination.
  9. MACo supports any state effort on behalf of infrastructure funding.
  10. MACo supports the traditional role of the Local Technical Assistance Program at MSU to provide technical assistance, safety and operator training and risk management to local government employees across the state and opposes diverting LTAP resources to grant writing and research, believing such diversions will weaken the level of services provided to Local Governments.

Guidelines for Selection and Development of Pavement
Treatments on the Secondary Road System

System Responsibility

MDT assumes responsibility for all paved roads on the approved Secondary System.  Responsibilities include:

  • Day-to-day maintenance of paved surface and its appurtenances;
  • Pavement preservation;
  • Rehabilitation and reconstruction;
  • Plowing and sanding (county and state partnership); and
  • Counties will maintain gravel surfaces.

(These guidelines for secondary roads were implemented under SB 333, 1999 Session of Montana Legislature.)