Frequently Asked Questions - Roads & Bridges

When will my road be graded?

How can I get my road improved?

How do I get my ditch piped?

Is my road state, county, or private?

Do I need an encroachment permit and how much is it?

Who is responsible for repairing the road I live on?

Who is responsible for damage to my vehicle caused by a road?

Who owns the drainage ditch on my property?

Are speed bumps allowed on county roads?

Does the county install driveways and how much does it cost?


When will my road be graded?

Dirt roads maintained by Berkeley County Roads & Bridges are divided into sections by geographic location. The intervals between maintenance may vary based on actual road conditions, material on the road and the location of the motor grader on its route. A typical maintenance cycle on each section takes approximately 4 – 6 weeks.

How can I get my road improved?

Requests for road improvements will be reviewed by the department manager and maintenance supervisor. A decision will then be made based on actual road conditions, length and material presently on the road.

How do I get my ditch piped?

Large drainage projects are normally undertaken and funded by Berkeley County, based on the condition of the drainage system. If a resident(s) wishes the ditch to be piped for aesthetic reasons, then a jointly funded project between our department and the landowner(s) may be considered.

Is my road state, county, or private?

Public and privately maintained roads vary. Please contact our office and a member of our staff will assist you with that determination.

Do I need an encroachment permit and how much is it?

Berkeley County Roads & Bridges Encroachment Permits must be obtained from our department prior to any work being performed in a county maintained right-of-way or drainage easement only. Examples of encroachments include driveways, utility installation, fence construction, landscaping, etc.

Presently the Roads & Bridges Department does not charge a permit fee, but other local & state agencies may. Please check with your local or state agencies for their permitting process.

Who is responsible for repairing the road I live on?

Road maintenance responsibilities vary from road to road. Please contact our office and a member of our staff will assist you with that determination.

Who is responsible for damage to my vehicle caused by a road?

Based on determining which agency maintains the road, the claims for damages on Berkeley County roads will be forwarded to the Berkeley County Risk Management Department for review and investigation.

Who owns the drainage ditch on my property?

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Are speed bumps allowed on county roads?

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Does the county install driveways and how much does it cost?

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