The road shoulder is the reserved area alongside the roadway to be used in the event of an emergency or breakdown. Not all County roads have shoulders, but where present, road shoulders along collector or community streets are normally unpaved. Road shoulders are not traveling lanes, and motorists should not use them as such.
The Road Operations Districts maintain over 1,600 miles of road shoulders. This maintenance activity consists of reshaping continuous sections of road shoulder using a grader or a truck-mounted material conveyor to restore the shoulder to its original condition. This same activity is used for shoulder restoration following resurfacing projects.
The Bureau advises property managers, homeowners and community associations to avoid installing plantings in the public right-of-way as this may be
subject to excavation, roadside mowing, brush cutting or herbicide spraying.