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Public Works

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1801 Highway 12 E, Willmar, MN 56201

(320) 235-3266 Fax: (320) 235-0055
Email: 
highway@kcmn.us

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Office/Engineer Hours
Monday - Friday
Summer: 7:00 - 3:30
Winter:  7:30 - 4:00

Maintenance Dept. Hours
Summer:  Monday - Thursday 6:30 - 5:00
Winter:  Monday - Friday 7:30 - 3:30

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 Melvin Odens
County Engineer/Public Works Director

(320) 235-3266 ext, #4105 Fax: (320) 235-0055
Email:  
mel.odens@kcmn.us


Lois Engelby
Executive Secretary

(320) 235-3266 ext, #4103 Fax: (320) 235-0055

E-mail: highway@kcmn.us

 

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Public Works Director is responsible for the Public Works Department including Glacial Lakes Sanitary Sewer & Water District and Ag/Public Drainage.

The Public Works Department is responsible for maintenance & construction of the County’s 649 mile highway system and 69 bridges. Some specific duties within the Department include the following:
 

  • Preparation of a 5-year plan outlining proposed road and bridge projects.
  • Planning, surveying, designing, constructing and inspecting all road and bridge projects.
  • Administration of construction contracts and maintenance projects.
  • Annual safety inspections of 68 county bridges and 52 township bridges.
  • Providing county road maintenance, including ice and snow removal, on 452 miles of bituminous roads and 197 miles of gravel roads.
  • Mowing and maintenance of county road ditches.
  • Maintaining the County's pavement and sign management system.
  • Annual application of calcium chloride for dust control on gravel roads.
  • Seasonal pavement marking.
  • Assist Townships with design, construction, and administration of bituminous overlay projects.
  • Assist Townships with ice and snow removal.