This division of the Public Works department is responsible for maintaining the County transportation system. The Division is split between the three major islands with crews and equipment sufficient to act independently in emergencies and for normal maintenance. In addition to the 7 member crew on each of the three major islands, there are two part-time employees on Waldron Island and one part-time employee on Shaw Island.
Past Road Care
In the past, the County road system was maintained to much lower standards than current requirements. There were not as many vehicles or trucks hauling heavy loads as there are today. The public need for access to public and private property was limited, for example, gravel roads were acceptable. In the last 20 years increased speeds and an all-weather surface have resulted in seal coating many roads
Most of the roads in the County system have just evolved. Roads were built with little or no load design or drainage, and are in poor condition requiring more maintenance. A program for reclaiming these roads has been established and is accomplished as budgeting allows. Since 1994, this involved adding cement and lime to reclaimed roads, substantially increasing the strength of the finished product. Reclaiming is scheduled annually for repair to severely damaged roads. Grading of gravel roads is schedule for spring and fall, and during the winter if the weather allows. Seal Coating is scheduled for summer application of 20 to 30 miles annually. Asphalt overlays are done in the summer to strengthen existing asphalt surfaces. Asphalt pre-leveling is done prior to seal coating. Potholes are patched on an as-needed basis all year. We anticipate demands for maintenance will increase as population, vehicle volumes and loads increase, and the business community expands.