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68-526. Duties of township board; plans, materials and equipment; traffic-control devices and signs. In all counties operating under the county-township system, the township board shall have the general charge and supervision of all township roads and township culverts in their respective townships. The board shall procure machinery, implements, tools, drain tile, stone, gravel and any other material or equipment required, for the construction or repair of such roads and culverts. All work shall be done in accordance with any plans and specifications and general regulations prepared and furnished by the county engineer. The township board shall place and maintain all such traffic-control devices for township roads as provided by K.S.A. 8-2005, and amendments thereto.

History: L. 1917, ch. 264, § 33; R.S. 1923, 68-526; L. 1961, ch. 299, § 17; L. 1984, ch. 253, § 2; L. 2003, ch. 87, § 2; L. 2018, ch. 80, § 2; July 1.

Cross References to Related Sections:

Uniform specifications and inspections, see 68-553 through 68-557.

Attorney General's Opinions:

County road unit system; effect on townships. 85-132.

Duties of township board; plans, materials and equipment. 86-47.

Watershed district funds may be used to improve a road only if a direct and exclusive benefit to district and no other governmental entity is responsible for road. 87-99. (See 87-85).

Opening and repair of road by township. 90-60.

Maintenance of township road; agreement with county; termination; duties and liabilities; Kansas tort claims act. 90-113.

Tax levies for funds to improve township roads. 91-30.

Maintenance of former township roads in county road unit system. 91-47.

Classification and designation of roads in noncounty unit road system counties. 91-140.

County road unit system; maintenance of roads. 91-163.

Authority and responsibility of county to erect and maintain traffic signs on township roads; liability under tort claims act. 97-25.

Transfer of powers and duties of township board to county; procedure; repair and improvement of township roads and bridges; transfer of funds. 1998-56.


1. Mandamus to compel township board to repair and maintain road denied. Pratt v. Fall River Township Board, 155 Kan. 442, 445, 125 P.2d 357.

2. Section does not authorize bond issue to purchase road machinery. Township Board of Ash Creek v. Robb, 166 Kan. 138, 139, 140, 199 P.2d 521.

3. Cited; review of certain statutes applicable to township roads. Clay Township v. Pebley, 207 Kan. 59, 62, 483 P.2d 1101.

4. Township which failed to maintain township road ordered to reimburse county for performing repairs. Board of Marshall County Comm'rs v. Lincoln Township, 266 Kan. 355, 357, 362, 970 P.2d 54 (1998).

5. No general duty imposed on all townships to install traffic-control devices. Patterson v. Cowley County, 307 Kan. 616, 627, 413 P.3d 432 (2018).

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