Public Works


John Phelan, Road Director (503) 434-7515

Road maintenance
This department maintains the county road system. Paved roads must be patched, overlayed, chip-sealed or recycled as required. Pavement markings need to be applied as needed given the traffic volumes and paint condition. The county uses the Bay Area M.T.C. software system to prioritize the maintenance and rehabilitation of paved roads subject to annual budgetary constraints. Ditches need to be cleaned on a minimum 8-year cycle. Gravel roads need regular grading.

Bridge maintenance
Routine bridge maintenance includes cap replacement, wooden deck and stringer replacement, and repairs to spalling concrete as well as repair to guardrails.


Engineering Technicians survey and design all engineering projects. Much of their time has been spent engineering slide damages on various county roads as well as inspecting contract overlay work.

Employees deal with the daily interaction with the public, as well as other public entities and our employees. They also perform accounts receivable and payable functions and payroll submission for the department.

Fleet and Motor Pool Maintenance

Fleet Operations
The department repairs and maintains its vehicles as well as county pool vehicles and outside agency vehicles. Vehicles and equipment from these outside agencies include fire departments, State of Oregon, YCAP, City Police, Park and Recreation and Public Works departments and Chehalem Valley Transportation. Vehicle and equipment accounting is done through Ron Turley & Associates (R.T.A.) maintenance management program. The purchase and disposal of county vehicles and equipment are managed through a replacement pool.

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