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Rustic roads are roads in the Agricultural Reserve or rural parts of Montgomery County that exemplify the rural and agricultural character of the area. Exceptional rustic roads are roads that have such unusual and pleasing character that preservation of these roads is highly desirable.
Rustic and Exceptional rustic roads are preserved under the Rustic Roads Program, which provides a system for evaluating, protecting, and enhancing these scenic roadways. The program includes 98 roads. These roads are listed and described in the Rustic Roads Functional Master Plan and in other area Master Plans as shown below.
For visitors and area residents who live outside of the Agricultural Reserve, the Rustic Roads Program may be unfamiliar. Below are just a few ideas for trips into the Agricultural Reserve, often along our Rustic Roads:
January, 2016: Congratulations to RRAC member Christopher Marston and his co-executive editor, Justine Christianson, on the publication of their new book, Covered Bridges and the Birth of American Engineering. The book is published by the National Park Service's Historic American Engineering Record. For information on or requesting or downloading a copy, see the link above.
On October 19, 2015, the RRAC presented a status report to the County Council's Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment. View the presentation here.
Have you ever wondered how to find a rustic road? The new brown street name signs will make it easy to tell.
In 2012, the RRAC and MCDOT worked together to create a special steet name sign for rustic roads with a brown background. As you drive these roads, you should be starting to see the transition. It will take some time to change all of the signs, so for now, you will see both brown and green street name signs for roads in the Rustic Roads Program. In time, all of the rustic and exceptional rustic roads will be identified by their brown street name signs.
The Rustic Roads Program is overseen by the Rustic Roads Advisory Committee (RRAC) and three agencies. The RRAC is comprised of seven citizen members who are appointed by the County Executive; they review and advise the County Executive, County Council, Planning Board, Department of Transportation, Department of Permitting Services and other county agencies on matters concerning rustic roads. Members review and comment upon roadway classifications, policies, regulations, and promote public awareness of the Rustic Roads Program.
Current members of the RRAC are:
Chair: Christopher Marston, Rural preservation
Todd Greenstone, Farmer
Tom Hartsock, Farmer
Sarah Navid, Engineer
Bob Tworkowski, Civic representative
Audrey Patton, Farmer, AAC representative
Jane Thompson, Civic representative
Staff coordinator:Michael Knapp (DPS)
Non-voting member:Leslie Saville (M-NCPPC)
The RRAC meets six or more times a year. Meetings are normally held at 6:00 p.m. in the 9st Floor Conference Room of the Executive Office Building (note new time and conference room), 101 Monroe Street, Rockville, MD. After 6:00 pm, use the cafeteria entry on the south side of the building. Meetings are open to the public. The anticipated meeting schedule is below. To confirm the meeting will be held, to confirm the location, or to have an item placed on the agenda, please call the RRAC Staff Coordinator, Michael Knapp, 240-777-6335.
2016 |Tuesday, May 31| agenda | Tuesday, May 3 | agenda | April 26 agenda Note: rescheduled due to a lack of a quorum | March 22 agenda | minutes | February 23 agenda | minutes | January 26 agenda | Note: cancelled due to storm closures
2015 | Dec 1 agenda | minutes | Oct 27 agenda | minutes | Sept 22 agenda | minutes | Aug 25 agenda | minutes | May 26 agenda | minutes | April 28 agenda | minutes | March 24 agenda | minutes | February 24 agenda | minutes | Feb 3 (Jan 27 postponed due to weather) agenda | minutes
2014 | Nov 5 agenda | minutes | Oct 7 agenda | minutes | September 3 agenda | minutes | June 24 (no quorum) agenda | unofficial minutes | May 28 agenda | minutes | April 28 agenda | minutes | March 25 agenda | minutes | February 25 agenda | minutes | February 11 (Jan meeting delayed by weather) agenda| minutes |
2013 | December | agenda | minutes | October | agenda | minutes | September | agenda | minutes | August | agenda | minutes | July | agenda | minutes | May | agenda | minutes | April | agenda | minutes | March | agenda | minutes | March | agenda | minutes | January | agenda | minutes
2012 | November | agenda (originally scheduled for October 30, 2012) | September | agenda | June | agenda | May | agenda | minutes | April | agenda | March | agenda | minutes | February | agenda | minutes | January | agenda | minutes
2008 | December | November minutes| October minutes| September minutes (Joint meeting with the Ag Advisory Committee and Ag Preservation Advisory Board) | June minutes | May minutes | April 22 minutes | April 1 minutes| February | January
The three agencies overseeing the program and their responsibilities are:
Last updated: June 1, 2016