One objective of this project is to expand opportunities to reduce non-point source pollution from the siting, design, and maintenance of non-TxDOT (off system) roadways in the Texas Coastal Zone. Since non-point source (NPS) pollution associated with roads and bridges can come in many forms, water quality and stormwater training for the county engineers, county commissioners and, especially, the roads and bridges crew is an important component of reducing these sources pollution.

The following are links to training opportunities associated with off-system roads, stormwater and NPS pollution:

Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT):

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX):

Roads and bridges designed, constructed and maintained according to Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) standards are recognized as being protective of water quality.  Counties can choose to adopt TxDOT standards, but are not required to do so.

Under the unit road system, the county engineer is responsible for overseeing the design, construction and maintenance of county roads and bridges.  The engineer is responsible for prioritizing new construction, for determining which roads are eligible for reconstruction or repair, and for supervising the Roads and Bridges crew.

In the precinct system, decisions about roads are made on a precinct level by individual county commissioners; therefore there is often not a county-wide set of standard guidance or training standards. The commissioners head up and direct the roads and bridges crew as well as provide training and continuing education opportunities. County commissioners are elected by the residents of their precinct and are responsible for all aspects of road construction and maintenance.  The Commissioners Court is comprised of the four county commissioners and is presided over by the county judge. Commissioners are required to complete 16 units of continuing education credits per year through the Texas Association of Counties.  Commissioners may choose to take some classes associated with roads.