All-terrain vehicle (ATV) and utility task vehicle (UTV) riders will be able to ride on one Class B road in Delaware County once an amendment to the county ATV/UTV ordinance is in place.
Delaware County Supervisors approved a request July 22 from the Roads-to-Trails club to ride on Fountain Springs Road. In the past, county officials have denied the use of ATVs/UTVs on any Class B roads.
Rick Seeley, of Roads-to-Trails, made the request on behalf of the club.
Supervisor Jeff Madlom said Fountain Springs Road could be open because the road is gravel instead of dirt. “We don’t want ATVs/UTVs on our Class B roads, but this one is gravel all the way through.”
Madlom praised Seeley for the work his club and other clubs in the county had done to promote and follow the county ordinance. “We have been very pleased,” he said. “We haven’t had any complaints. Your group and other smaller ones have self-managed the groups to make sure they follow the rules. That’s been a big help for us.”
Madlom said County Conservation Executive Director Garlyn Glanz, as well as the conservation board, support opening the road to the off-road vehicles. “They are behind this 100%,” Madlom said.
Before the vehicles can use the road, the supervisors must amend the current ordinance. To do that, a public hearing on the proposed amendment must take place. It is expected to take six to eight weeks before the ordinance is changed and riders are able to use the road.
County Engineer Anthony Bardgett updated the board on projects in the county:
• Pioneer Road Bridge — Taylor Construction poured the bridge deck last week and will be working on the bridge rail this week.
• X31 Paving Project — LL Pelling is planning to start the paving project from the south side of the dam to Buck Creek Monday, July 29. They will begin with concrete patching then move into asphalt paving.
• Hartwick Road patching — After the concrete patching is completed on X31, work will begin on Hartwick Road.
• Contract Rock — Bard Materials is working in the Edgewood area this week. With good weather, they expect to finish the area next week.
• Maintenance — Road crews closed the Golden Church Road (190th Avenue) last week to work on pouring two bridge approaches. The road should be reopened this week. Crews are also working on 190th Avenue east of Manchester cleaning ditches and building up the road grade to prevent washouts of the road. The road will be closed during construction.
• Road crews plan to work this week applying Base One to Turtle Creek Road from the paved portion of Turtle Creek Road to the entrance of the boat ramp. Traffic may be delayed while the road is bladed and blended with the Base One product.
• RTA Bus Garage — The frame of the building has been erected and the building will be closed in this week.