With over 230 miles of County roads and nearly 200 bridges, the 18 employees of the Highway Garage perform a wide range of activities to improve and maintain the county’s infrastructure. This includes snow/ice removal, bridge/culvert replacements and repairs, road/berm maintenance, grass/weed control of roadside ditches, drivepipe installations, and sign installation/maintenance. Upon request and when resources are available, the Highway Garage will also assist townships with some of their projects. All of this work occurs within the right of way limits of the county/township roads.
Highway Garage personnel are also responsible for the maintenance of over 124 miles of County maintained drainage ditches and 5 miles of drainage tile. These are drainage ditches that have been petitioned, as outlined in the Ohio Revised Code, and placed on the county maintenance program. All costs associated with ditch maintenance is tracked and reported to the County Auditor’s Office. Landowners within each ditch watershed are assessed annually for the work that was performed on their ditch. Typical activities include mowing/spraying/dipping, bank stabilization, and maintenance of outlets into the ditches.