Public Works

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Public Works consists of multiple divisions, serving unincorporated St. Joseph County, including Surveyor, Drainage, Highway, Engineering, Bridge and Environmental. Some duties and responsibilities are as follows:

  • Respond to resident concerns related to roads, bridges, drainage, and environmental issues
  • Maintain approximately 1,144 centerline road miles, 262 bridges, and 900 miles of ditches 
  • Plan, survey, design and inspect public works and capital improvement projects
  • Prepare and review project plans, specifications, and contract documents
  • Issue permits for construction and utility work within the Right-of-Way
  • Develop and implement a Stormwater Quality Management Plan (SWQMP)
  • Review subdivision and site development plans for compliance with current standards
  • Continually update road inventory and pavement management program
  • Conduct traffic studies and engineering assessments
  • Establish traffic regulations and controls with ordinances
  • Facilitate intergovernmental agreements and legislation
  • Maintain budget with federal aid and local funds
  • Contract consultant engineering services

Seasonal Weight Restrictions Map


​This interactive map is designed to provide information related to the the roads within St. Joseph County, which are seasonally restricted for weight of no more than 16,000 pounds (8 tons).
For more information related to the Seasonal Weight Restrictions click here