Polk County Public Works
Polk County is located just west of Salem in the Mid-Willamette Valley and is home to over 80,000 people, most of whom reside in the incorporated cities of Dallas, Monmouth, Independence, Falls City, Willamina and West Salem. Polk County has the second-largest area devoted to viticulture in Oregon, and other major industries of the county are agriculture, forest products, manufacturing and education. Major attractions in Polk County include Spirit Mountain Casino, Western Oregon University, Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Beer and Wine tourism and multiple outdoor recreation sports.
Polk County Public Works is responsible for the development, operation and maintenance of the Polk County road system, consisting of approximately 500 miles of roads and 120 bridges. Public Works' services include routine road maintenance (e.g. chip sealing, patch paving, etc.), snow and ice control, roadside vegetation management, traffic signing and striping, bridge maintenance and emergency response to roadway hazards. Additionally, engineering and administration services are provided for contract management of pavement preservation and capital improvement projects, regulation of work within the public right-of-way and review of county-wide planning and land use issues related to transportation.
The Public Works Department is also responsible for non-road services that are funded outside of dedicated road funds. These services include the Polk County Surveyor's Office, which provides for the review and filing of all land surveys within the County and the preservation of public land corners. Additionally, the Polk County Shops, which oversees the County fleet maintenance, including the purchasing of fleet and heavy equipment needed to perform road maintenance functions, and the maintenance of vehicles for all County Departments.