Kerr County is out of the driveway-building business.
Commissioners voted Monday to cease the practice of using county road crews to construct or maintain entrances where private drives intersect county roads.
Citing the need to concentrate on road maintenance, county engineer Charlie Hastings requested the change the previous week, but the commissioners took no action then.
Hastings estimated that the county does about three driveways per month, or 36 per year.
By ceasing driveway work, the county can maintain about four more miles of road annually, he said.
Kerr County’s road and bridge department maintains 458 miles of roadway and rights-of-way, numerous bridges and low-water crossings.
The department, led by administrator Kelly Hoffer, would like to reach a point where every section of road receives maintenance on a 10-year cycle.
The driveway work not only involves paving, but also the installation of culverts. One reason the county has done the work was to be sure that the proper materials were used, preventing damage to county roads from storm runoff.
Under the now discontinued practice, the property owner paid the county for the work and furnished the supplies. While the commissioners did not specify how the new system would work, Hastings previously proposed that the county would provide property owners with specifications for materials and construction.
Whether there will be a permit system, fees or enforcement of standards under the new system was not decided Monday.