The operations division (also known as the Highway Department) employs crews consisting of
operating engineers, skilled laborers, drivers and mechanics. The Highway
Department maintains county highways by repairing and resurfacing pavements and berms, mowing roadsides,
removing debris, installing traffic signs, and constructing culverts and
small bridges. In winter months, the snow fighters plow and salt roads to
keep traffic moving safely.
The bridge crew maintains an
inventory of over 360 county bridges by washing, clearing debris and patching
bridge decks and railing when needed. The crew typically builds several
new short-span bridges each year including box culverts and large pipe culverts
replacing old, deteriorated bridges.
Between 1998 and 2008, the Bridge Department replaced 52 structures with new box
or pipe culverts. In-house (force-account) construction is cost efficient due to low
overhead costs and work efficiency realized by building similar structures
repeatedly. Materials are purchased through competitively bid contracts by
Department also performs regular maintenance on existing bridges including
pothole and deck repairs, railing repairs, cleaning drains and repairing
concrete. Maintaining the $116 million county bridge inventory is vitally
important to the safety and welfare of Delaware County citizens.
The county drainage crew maintains
the ditches and waterways under and along county roads. Delaware County
has an inventory of over 1000 culverts and the Drainage Crew crew replaces
and repairs dozens each year to stay ahead of normal life cycle deterioration.
The crew also cleans roadside ditches to keep them draining freely.
The Maintenance Department is
responsible for repairs and up-keep of 200 county vehicles and pieces of
equipment, in addition to the County Engineer's Office, the Highway Department
garage and county salt sheds,
technicians are responsible for the work done on the county equipment and
vehicles. Technicians need to have a thorough understanding of hydraulic
systems and electrical wiring, as well as general automotive and mechanical
knowledge. Some of the major work done by the auto technicians are engine
rebuilds, rear-end rebuild and set-ups and transmission rebuilds.
Technicians also perform regular preventive maintenance on vehicles and
equipment to extend the service life of the county’s fleet of vehicles and
equipment. Technicians weld and fabricate equipment to assist other
Highway Department crews in their daily duties. Technicians work not only inside
the shop but also out on the road to make repairs under any weather conditions,
including winter storms.
The building maintenance technician handles the
maintenance and repair of the County Engineer’s Office and salt sheds.
This person works on heating and cooling systems, electrical wiring, carpentry,
plumbing and roofing. This department also oversees the two county
operated salt sheds in Delaware County; the main salt shed in Delaware on US 42
North and the salt shed at the Genoa Township maintenance building. The US
42 shed can hold 6,000 tons of salt while the Genoa salt shed holds about 500
The specialty crew maintains and
erects highway signs, clears roadway obstructions and debris and mows county
roads in the summer. The crew also performs tree clearing and other road
work as needed.
The surface crew maintains the
pavement on over 330 miles of county highways. Each summer, crews perform
seal coating to select roads based on a yearly inspection of pavement condition.
The crew maintains and restores berms and repairs pavement when needed.
One of the most important
responsibilities of the Highway Department is to keep the roads clear in the
winter by plowing and salting 330+ miles of icy roads. All Highway
Department crews are on-call 24/7 during winter months and are ready to work
when needed to ensure that roads remain open and safe for travel.