Ditches & Culverts

In an effort to minimize the destructive potential of storm water runoff and spring thawing, many roads have a series of ditches and culverts surrounding them.  The water that flows through these structures carry silt, foliage, and other debris along with it.  The accumulation of this debris in ditches, flash flooding and other natural disasters can cause erosion underneath the road base, or flooding out onto the roadway surface depending on the topography of the area making the road nearly impassable.

When culverts become plugged, water will tend to pool out onto the roadway, and possibly wash out the road or driveway approach.   Jefferson County will clean out the culverts and re-establish the ditches on County right-of-ways as necessary.  Since there are limited resources available this work is done on a worst-first basis.  Even though the ditches are somewhat cluttered, the work may not be done immediately.

Report a Problem
To report a problem with a county road, contact the appropriate shop using the contact information in the right-hand column or complete the online problem report by clicking here.

Ditch Spoil Agreement

Being on the ditch spoil list does not guarantee you will get any material at any given time.