Public Works (Road) Department
The Road Department is responsible for maintaining all county roads and bridges within the County. Our main office and shop are located at 3920 Westgate, in Pendleton. The 44 employees include road, shop crew, office personnel, county surveyor and weed department crew. We have five employees at each of our two satellite offices in Milton-Freewater and Stanfield. We maintain approximately 1700 miles of road of which 500 miles are paved. We also maintain 344 bridges of various sizes. The Road Department is funded with Gas Tax, Vehicle Registration Fees, and Forest Service revenues based on timber harvested in Umatilla, Wallowa and Whitman National Forests. Timber sales have declined significantly in recent years. Due to the loss of revenues, Umatilla County is basically in a maintenance mode. However, we are always looking for additional ways to fund road and bridge improvement projects.