State Highways and State Highway Fund

ORS 366.574
Intergovernmental road maintenance agreement


The Legislative Assembly declares that it is the public policy of the State of Oregon to promote cooperation between the Department of Transportation and counties on road maintenance projects when it results in an overall benefit to the public. Monetary savings that result from the cooperative efforts shall primarily be retained by the counties and the division of the department that enters into the agreement. The participants should endeavor to cooperate regardless of the proportion of benefit to either party.


A county and the Department of Transportation or a division of the department may establish an intergovernmental road maintenance agreement that will govern the maintenance of state highways and county roads within the county or other areas described by the agreement or of a particular road project. The agreement must be ratified by the governing body of the county and the Director of Transportation. An agreement under this section shall require highways and roads to be maintained in accordance with standards mutually established by the Oregon Transportation Commission and the county governing body.


All employees and managers of the department and the county who will perform road maintenance activities described in the agreement or who will be involved in the road project described in the agreement must be given a reasonable opportunity to participate with the department and the counties in establishing the terms and provisions of the agreement.


Nothing in this section or in the agreement affects title to or ownership of state highways or county roads.


The agreement must:


Provide for the use of state and county road maintenance equipment and facilities by the participants.


Recognize an agreement between either participant and a state or federal agency established to protect the environment. The intergovernmental road maintenance agreement should contain references to applicable provisions that implement procedures and specifications contained in the agreement between either participant and the agency.


Establish a procedure, consistent with appropriate collective bargaining agreements, to ensure that employees of the department and the county are properly supervised.


Establish a procedure to determine which maintenance methods will be used by the participants.


Establish a procedure to account for changes in operating costs due to the establishment of the agreement and to allocate increased costs or distribute cost savings between the county and the department.


Establish a formula, adjustment factor or procedure for the equitable adjustment and comparison of the maintenance and equipment use rates required of the department under federal law and the maintenance and equipment use rates employed by the county.


Authorize the participants to use either the procurement procedures applicable to the department or the procurement procedures applicable to the county as long as the procurement procedures include adequate safeguards fostering competition and are consistent with ORS 279A.015 (Policy) and 279C.300 (Policy on competition). [Formerly 366.773]
Note: 366.574 (Intergovernmental road maintenance agreement) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 366 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.
Chapter 366

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Use and distribution of State Highway Fund, (1975) Vol 37, p 599


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