Saline County reviews road policy change

The Saline County Commissioners reviewed a longstanding policy prohibiting rural property owners from improving county roads, including adding gravel, at their regular meeting Tuesday.

The subject of a 1-mile section of Link Road north of Watkins was discussed at the past two county commission morning meetings.

The county minimum standards for roads were established and approved by the Saline County Commission in 1998.

Commissioner Dave Smith said residents located on that section of Link Road, which is a dirt road, have requested the road be upgraded to gravel.

Last week, Road and Bridge Director Gary Nash estimated it would cost $200,000 to $250,000 to bring the road up to the county’s standards for gravel.

Smith suggested at the March 15 meeting and again Tuesday that the five homeowners who use that road pay to have county-approved gravel applied to the road.

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