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Is it the county or the townships that decide what county roads get dust control?

Douglas County offers a dust palliative program where property owners can pay a user fee for the treatment on roads maintained by either the county or a township. On busier sections of roads, the county or townships sometimes pay for the dust palliative treatment, said Keith Browning, the county’s engineer and public works director. The county chooses those sections if dust presents a safety issue based on topography, traffic counts, type of traffic, geometry of the road or vegetation along the road, Browning said. The County Commission approves funding for this. He said townships typically opt for the treatment on township roads that have a higher traffic volume. Each township’s board would approve the dust control treatment.


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