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Welcome to the Town of Chilmark, MA
How to Drive on a Dirt Rd
How to Enjoy Our Dirt Roads:

The Town has approximately __miles of dirt roads owned by the Town and ___miles of private dirt roads. The care and maintenance of these roads is expensive and time consuming. Proper driving and maintenance can be the best way to avoid unnecessary expense and aggravation for the Town and private owners.

1.      Prevent water runoff from your driveway or private road on to other roads. Moving water is the enemy of dirt roads. It creates gullies and potholes. Water should be diverted and dissipated before any intersection with another road. This is the responsibility of the property owners and private road owners. The Town cannot constantly replace the material that washes away because private drives and roads direct water on to the roads at intersections. The Highway Superintendent will be happy to explain what needs to be done to prevent water damage caused by water runoff.
2.      Honor “waterbars” used to divert water off the road. Slow speed over these diverters preserves them. Driving too fast breaks them down.
3.      Drive slowly all the time. Speed limits are 20 mph on Town roads. More than that kicks up the roadbase and creates potholes.
4.      Be courteous. There are never enough turnouts to accommodate all the traffic in the summer. If you see a car coming toward you down the road, take the first turnout or driveway you find and wait for the car to pass.
5.      Understand that when repairs are being made, there will be delays and inconvenience. Is it any different back in America?

Most important, enjoy our lovely country roads!

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Chilmark Town Offices: Chilmark Town Offices: 401 Middle Road, P.O. Box 119 02535-0119