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Road Rights-of-Way Plans of Development

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Road rights-of-way present a unique situation in that the holder is responsible for rental payment and maintenance of the right-of-way.  Yet, in all but a few instances, the road is available for use by the general public (CFR 43 2800). BLM must ensure that roads are constructed and maintained at an appropriate standard, for public safety and to minimize environmental impacts.  A concise Plan of Development (POD) helps BLM analyze the effects of constructing the road.

REMINDER! - A pre-application meeting is required.

This condensed POD outline is from BLM Handbook H-2801-1.

The following information should be incorporated into a POD.

A. Purpose and Need for the Road: Data provided should identify:

  1. Why is the road needed?
  2. Whether the proposal involves a new road, a reconstructed road, or an existing road.
  3. Whether the use is temporary or permanent.
  4. The type and volume of traffic anticipated.
  5. What will the road be used for, (i.e. access, haul road, etc.)
  6. The season of use.

B. Description of the Facility:

  1. Length and width of road, (include width of roadbed, shoulders, etc.)
  2. Anticipated future development (10 years).

C. Facility Design Factors:

  1. An certified engineer plan and profile will need to be submitted to the Rock Sprngs Field Office Civil Engineer for approval.
  2. What is the construction standard of the road?
  3. What are the requirements and location of drainage ditches and culverts, bridges, and low-water crossings?
  4. Will the road be surfaced, and if so with what surfacing material will be used?
  5. Will borrow areas for fill and removal of waste materials be required?

D. Additional Components of the Right-of-Way:

  1. Will the road be assigned over to the county or maintained privately?
  2. Are Corps of Engineers Section 401 or 404 permits needed?
  3. Does the holder have easements from other landowners?

E. Construction of Facility:

  1. Methods of construction and types of equipment to be used.
  2. Times frames involved in the construction of the road.
  3. Location of equipment storage areas.
  4. Dust control gates/cattleguards, etc.
  5. Vegetation clearing and plant salvage.

F. Rehabilitation:

  1. Rehabilitation of areas outside actual roadbed.
  2. Erosion due to road construction.

G. Maintenance:

  1. Description and frequency of maintenance.

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