Private & Public Roadways in the Sacramento Area


Do You Need a Private Road?

The function of private roads in Sacramento is to serve the specific vehicular circulation needs of individuals or groups, rather than the needs of the public as a whole. Two basic characteristics of private roads are that the owners of the roads can generally restrict use to designated persons or vehicles, and that the maintenance of the road is the owners’ responsibility. Virtually every lot is involved in some way with at least one private road. In its simplest form, the driveway from the public street to the garage of a home is a private road. In more complicated forms, there may be entire communities served by private roads. Similarly, governmental facilities, mobilehome parks, apartment complexes, commercial parking lots, farms, ranches, industrial tracts, recreational facilities, condominiums, etc., may use private roads.

Primary Priority of the Department of Transportation

Public safety – ensuring that our roads are safe for public use with due care in a manner in which it is reasonably foreseeable that they will be used.Preservation of infrastructure – preserving and maintaining the public’s multi-billion dollar investment in our roads, bridges and other facilities associated with the CRS.

Placerville, CA – California road funding has been in the news lately with state funding for local roads (i.e. which is a dedicated allocation that funds El Dorado County roads) projected to be cut due to plummeting gasoline tax revenue. Per the Los Angeles Times:  

“The last month, the California Transportation Commission said the state would cut transportation funding by $754 million — a 38% decrease. Why? Because revenue from the state’s levies on gasoline sales, which provide much of that funding, plummeted as gas prices dropped and more fuel-efficient vehicles proliferated. Those falling prices cut the state’s gas excise tax revenue from 18 cents a gallon two years ago to 12 cents last year, and revenue is expected to sink to 10 cents in July. Every penny in revenue lost per gallon means a $140-million drop in transportation funding.” 

Due to the cuts, for the first time in a decade the state has been asking counties to terminate some of the 200-plus projects previously offered funding according to Susan Bransen, chief deputy director of the California Transportation Commission.