Somebody put a gate across the road that goes to my house. Can they do that?

This is a complicated question with many possible answers that depend on many factors. Usually this will be considered a property owners dispute where your rights for access and their rights for being the land owner are needing to be determined, in these cases Navajo County will not become involved, talking with the neighbor or having someone arbitrate the issue may help resolve the problem. If that does not work, then a judgment could be sought.

Navajo County has jurisdiction over County Maintained Roads, and oversight over publicly dedicated roads and easements within the County. If there is no easement, convoluted documents, or if private; then again, Navajo County will not become involved and considers the issue a property owners dispute.  Administration cannot be used to determine between different rights of different people.

If the easement or ROW is dedicated to the Public, then please contact Navajo County Engineering Department and explain the issue. There are some things acceptable and other that are not acceptable. If on a County Maintained Road, please contact the Road Yard as they have the responsibility to ensure the welfare of the traveling public on County Maintained Roads.

We highly recommend that the legal status of the roadway in question be thoroughly researched prior to installing any gates or fences on a road in the County. By researching and communicating with those who may be affected ahead of time, many issues can be solved and the process will be much simpler.

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1. I pay property taxes and expect more work done on my road. What is being done?
2. How can I get my road maintained by the County?
3. How often will my dirt road be graded?
4. Will the County purchase and install a culvert at my driveway entrance?
5. Somebody put a gate across the road that goes to my house. Can they do that?
6. Can I do work of any kind in the County maintained right-of-way?
7. What is the County going to do about the dust on my road?
8. How can I have my road abandoned?
9. Can I get copies of maps showing County maintained roads?
10. When will the County remove snow from my road?
11. Emergency vehicles cannot get down my road. When will the County fix my road so that ambulances, fire trucks, etc. can get to my house?
12. Why doesn’t the County just use county funds to pave all our streets instead of having to initiate an improvement district?
13. Why is the County changing addressing?
14. What is Navajo County and ROW Fencing?
15. Why is my road being changed to a gravel/dirt road?