The Road Department maintains over
386 miles of roads (on over 600 different
roads) and 101 bridges.
Tillamook County is divided into three areas: North,
Central, and South. Each district has a Public Works shop and yard. The North County
Shop is located in Nehalem, the Central County Shop is located in Tillamook
along with the Fleet Maintenance Shop and Main Office, and the South County Shop
is located in Cloverdale.
The North area extends from the Clatsop County border to the intersection
of Miami-Foley Road with Hwy 101. This area includes Falcon Cove immediately
south of the Hwy 101 tunnel and a portion of Cochran Road in the eastern part
of the County near the town of Timber.
This area extends from the intersection of Miami-Foley Road with
Hwy 101 to Green Timber Road (south of Pleasant Valley).
This area extends south of Green Timber Road to the Lincoln County
border. This district includes Savage Road that can only be reached by driving
through Lincoln County South of Cascade Head.
The 386 miles of roads under the Tillamook County jurisdiction generally consists of all
the roads within the county except for the following:
City Streets (Note: there are County Roads within the city limits
of several incorporated cities).
Forest Roads (The 2 major public forests in Tillamook County are the Tillamook
State Forest and Siuslaw National Forest)
State Highways: 101 Pacific Coast, 22 Three Rivers, 131
Netarts-Oceanside, 6 Wilson River, 53 Necanicum, and 130 Little Nestucca River.
The primary function of the Road Department is to
maintain county roads. County roads are roads that
have been dedicated to the public and then accepted
by the Board of County Commissioners to be
maintained by the county. State Highways such as Hwy
101 and Hwy 131 are not County Roads and are
maintained by the Oregon Department of
Transportation. The primary maintenance
activities performed by the Road Department are,
striping, brush cutting, sanding, snow plowing, sign
maintenance, gravel road grading, vegetation
management, paving, and bridge maintenance. The crew
is on call 24 hours per day to mitigate any other
potential safety problem.
Other functions include
implementing county ordinances, contracting large
projects, obtaining permits for work in
environmentally sensitive areas, writing grant
proposals to obtain additional state and federal
funds, managing Highway Bridge Replacement and
Rehabilitation funds, repairing Road Department
equipment and responding to storms.