The Road & Bridge Department consists of three district shops.
DISTRICT 1: Commissioner – Glen Bailey, Foreman -Jason Topp Sagle, Blanchard, south to the Kootenai County boundary and north to Tweedie Road
DISTRICT 2: Commissioner – Jeff Connolly, Foreman – Dan Brower Priest River/Priest Lake, east to (including) Carr Creek and south to Hoo Doo Loop
DISTRICT 3: Commissioner – Dan McDonald, Foreman -Tom Klopman – North of Sandpoint, including Hope and Clark Fork, north to Boundary County and west to Carr Creek Road.
Each district has a Foreman, Assistant Foreman and nine heavy equipment operators. The operators are responsible for most of the maintenance of their equipment but each district has a designated mechanic.
During the winter months most of the work load is general maintenance, snow plowing and sanding. Some road reconstruction is accomplished – weather permitting. Winter is also a good time of the year to make repairs to equipment.
The summer months are the busiest season for the crews as major road reconstruction begins as soon as the load limits are lifted. In addition to the reconstruction projects, regular grading and maintenance also takes place. Part of each districts crew are also used for the cement treated base projects. Each year we try to complete approximately 15 to 18 miles of road treated with cement covered with either chip seal or asphalt. This process makes it possible to restore roads that were hard surfaced but too badly deteriorated to patch or overlay. The process is also used on gravel roads to prepare for hard surfacing.
The administrative side of the Road and Bridge Department is located at 1500 Highway 2, Suite 101, Sandpoint. It consists of a Road and Bridge Director, a Staff Engineer and two secretaries. The office is responsible for all personnel matters, record keeping on all expenses, where the dollars are spent, on what road, project or equipment, and arranging for all bids on any item over $25,000 or quotes on any item over $5,000. We have a tremendous amount of telephone exposure plus traffic in the office for permits, variances, right of way information, addresses and general information. We try to keep the public informed of what is going on so they can arrange for delays, detours or any other road problems.
Phone: (208) 255-5681 Fax: (208) 263-9084
|Don Hutson, P.E.
|Matt Mulder, P.E.
Right of Way Technician