The Department of Public Works Operations provides and maintains County roadway infrastructure to the highest possible level of service and safety, while managing efficient use of County resources. Including Concrete Sidewalk Repair, Drainage Maintenance, Maintenance of Flood Control Dams, Road and Bridge Maintenance, Snow and Ice Removal, Trash Transfer Sites, Weed Management and assisting Open Space and Natural Resources.
The Department of Public Works Operations is responsible for the maintenance of 300 center lane miles of gravel roadways within Douglas County. These roadways range from rural arterial roadways that carry several hundred vehicles per day to residential gravel roads carrying less than 20 vehicles per day.
A major component of the Undesirable Plant Management Plan is the requirement to provide Douglas County Property Owners with technical assistance in determining methods to control or eliminate their weed problems. We have worked very hard over the past 15 years to insure County owned properties are under treatment for weeds and are continuing that endeavor. We have worked with other public entities to assist them in their weed control problems. At the same time, we offered technical assistance to private property owners to control noxious weeds on their land be it several hundred acres or an individual lot.
Freeze / thaw effects on pavement can rapidly form potholes. Crews are dispatched as quickly as possible to repair potholes that create a hazardous condition. If there is a pothole that you would like our crews to repair, please fill out the online form or call 303.660.7480, during normal business hours.
The Douglas County slash / mulch site will open on Saturdays, beginning the first Saturday in May through the last Saturday in October. Operating hours of the site will be 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Since every snowstorm has varying characteristics – temperature, moisture content, wind velocity and storm duration – The Department of Public Works Operations (PW Ops) develops a snow removal plan unique to the individual storm, with the primary focus on public safety.
Douglas County provides street sweeping to: Remove sand and debris that can cause unsafe conditions for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians; Remove particulate matter to improve air quality locally and meet metro-area air quality standards; Improve water quality by removing debris before it can enter storm sewers and drainageways.
There are two transfer sites available for trash disposal in Douglas County. One is operated by Imperial Enterprises (located on Peterson Road), contact Al Miscowski at 303.621.2275. The second site is operated by Douglas County and is located at 7828 S Highway 67 (north of Deckers).
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I live on a gravel road. How often is my road graded?
Several factors determine how often a gravel road is graded. The volume of traffic, speed of traffic, and weather conditions heavily affect the condition of a road. Washboards and potholes typically occur on curves and near stop signs. Reduction of speeds can help reduce the washboards in those areas. The District Supervisor responsible for that roadway will periodically check the condition of your roadway and will schedule the appropriate maintenance. For specific questions on your gravel road, please call (303) 660-7480 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. What causes a pothole in a paved street and how do I report a pothole?
Potholes occur when water permeates the pavement and softens the soil beneath it, creating a depression in the surface of the street. Because freeze/thaw cycles accelerate the process, many potholes surface during the winter and spring months. Please call (303) 660-7480 or email us at email@example.com to report a pothole.
Q. When does the County sweep streets?
During the winter months, sand is used to provide traction on snow and ice packed roads. The County deploys sweepers after snowstorms to remove sand from streets as quickly as possible. During the non-winter months, streets are swept to remove debris and construction materials.
Q. I live on a residential gravel road and would like to have it paved. Who do I talk to?
Douglas County has two methods of partnering with residents to pave residential gravel roads. Both require financial participation from property owners benefiting from the improvements. For more information on forming a paving district, please call (303) 660-7480 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. How do I get a dead tree removed that is within the right-of-way.
Douglas County will remove dead trees within the right-of-way if they pose a health hazard to the public. Property owners, however, are responsible for the removal of dead trees that are within their property. If you would like to report a dead tree within the right-of-way, please call (303) 660-7480 or email us at email@example.com
Q. My gravel road is dusty. How can I get dust suppressant applied?
The County applies dust suppressant material to heavily traveled gravel roads as budget allows. The budget for dust suppression allows for treatment of a limited number of residential roadways. The County requires financial participation from residents for the cost of dust suppression material if suppression on additional roads is requested. Residents wanting dust suppressant material applied to their roadway can contact Road and Bridge at (303) 660-7480 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. I have water crossing the sidewalk and into the street and it is forming a layer of algae on the sidewalk in the summer months. What can be done?
Water will often collect and discharge over the sidewalk at a central point, normally near the property line, due to irrigation, sump pump discharge or storm events. When water continuously crosses the sidewalk, algae can form in the summer and ice can form in the winter months. Douglas County installs chase drains where these types of drainage problems exist to drain the water under the sidewalk and into the street. Each problem area is evaluated to determine if a chase drain will alleviate the problem. If you would like the County to evaluate a drainage problem, please call (303) 660-7480 or email us at email@example.com.