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Rural road

County Roads overview

The entity responsible for the care and upkeep of Iowa’s roadways depend on a variety of factors, such as the classification of the road, the amount of traffic using the road, and most importantly, the location of the road. Primary roads in Iowa are controlled by either the state department of transportation (DOT) or by a municipal government, depending on the location. Secondary roads are controlled by the county boards of supervisors. The municipal street system is controlled by the respective municipality.

County control

For roads controlled at the county level it is the responsibility of the board of supervisors to establish maintenance policies and provide adequate funds for those procedures. The county engineer is responsible for interpreting the supervisors’ policies and recommending the resources necessary to maintain the roadways.

Secondary roads

There are 3 classes of secondary roads, which are determined by the board of supervisors after consultation with the county engineer.
1. Area Service A roads are paved county roads that experience high traffic levels. Maintenance of these roads must comply with state statutes.
2. Area Service B may be gravel or dirt roads that have a lesser level of maintenance, as agreed upon by the board of supervisors and county engineer.
3. Area Service C are dirt roads that have restricted access and a minimal level of maintenance, as...



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