How are projects prioritized?

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The County prioritizes ditch maintenance projects using a variety of factors.  Each project is ranked to determine the priority of the work, using the following criteria:


  1. Potential roadway hazard
  2. Potential damage due to flooding (yards, houses, roadways)
  3. Size of drainage area upstream of the ditch (how many people benefit)
  4. Plans for VDOT to clean out their portion
  5. Last time area was serviced


Initial workload is organized around the rankings, and then adjusted as each project receives rights-of-entry and the necessary easements to start work.  Logistical issues are also taken into consideration, such as time of year, amount of recent rainfall and crop planting seasons

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