Responsibilities of Today's Engineer
The Code of Iowa requires all counties to employ a licensed civil engineer known as the County Engineer. All construction and maintenance work on the county secondary roads is performed under the supervision of the County Engineer who is deemed responsible for the efficient, economical, and good faith performance of said work.
It is the duty of the Board of Supervisors to establish policies and provide adequate funds to properly maintain the secondary road system. Additional guidance comes from the policies and safety standards developed by the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.
The Webster County Engineer is responsible for the planning, the design, and the supervision of all construction and maintenance work performed on the secondary road system. Webster County's road system includes a total of 1181 miles of roads. Of that total, there are 312 miles that are paved. There are also approximately 165 bridges over 20 feet in length, about 100 large culverts, several thousand smaller culverts, and several thousand signs in the secondary system.
The secondary road department, under the supervision of the County Engineer, is responsible for the general maintenance of all county roads, bridges, and culverts. This includes installing traffic signs, maintaining the road surfaces, vegetation control in the road right of way, winter snow and ice control, and the maintenance and repair of all maintenance equipment and vehicles.
The County Engineer's Office is located on the fourth floor of the courthouse and eight secondary road maintenance facilities are located near Badger, Clare, Dayton, Fort Dodge, Gowrie, Harcourt, Lehigh and Otho.
Webster County has the fourth largest daily vehicle miles of travel on county roads in the state. Only Johnson County, Linn County, and Polk County have more daily vehicle miles of travel on their county road systems.