Primitive Roads

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Primitive Roads

Residents in Yuma County may have noticed new signs being placed at the entrances and exits to their subdivision. The signs are authorized by Arizona Revised Statute to warn citizens they are traveling on a “Primitive Road.”

These roads are not being abandoned, but you do need to be aware that you are traveling on them at your own risk.These roads will continue to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, with maintenance performed as deemed necessary.

The county will continue to provide limited maintenance based on two criteria: 

  1. The road or subdivision has been scheduled for maintenance during annual budget submittals and approved by the Board of Supervisors.
  2. Emergency personnel cannot access the road(s).

Installing the Primitive Road signs promotes the County's goal of improving roadway safety by identifying that these roads are not regularly maintained, and motorists are traveling them at their own risk.

Definition of Primitive Roads:

The State of Arizona describes a primitive road as one that was opened to the public before June 13, 1975, was not constructed to county standards and is not a state or county highway. This definition includes both paved and unpaved roads within the County.

The Signs:

Each of the signs (pictured below) will read, “PRIMITIVE ROAD, CAUTION, USE AT YOUR OWN RISK, THIS SURFACE IS NOT REGULARLY MAINTAINED.”

By CLICKING on the sign you can see a map of the Subdivisions in Yuma County that will have the signs.

Primitive Road Sign 

To comment or request additional information from the Department of Public Works
Email: bill.olvera@yumacountyaz.gov

Read the Statutes: 

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