The Keokuk County Highway
Department is responsible for
maintaining the secondary road system.
Keokuk County has:
926 miles of secondary roads consisting
97 miles of Class "B" (dirt) roads
730 miles of Class "A" (gravel) roads
99 miles of paved roads
205 bridges, and literally thousands of
field/driveway entrances, drainage
crossings, signs, roadside ditches,
within the county road right-of-way.
By state law, the
Keokuk County Board of Supervisors is
required to employ one or more licensed
civil engineers to serve as County
Engineer. The Board of Supervisors
establishes policies and is to provide
adequate funding to properly maintain
the secondary road system.
The County Engineer
(David Patterson, P.E.) serves as
department head for the Keokuk County
Highway Department. The County
Engineer determines and employs methods,
personnel, and equipment necessary to
maintain the secondary road system
pursuant to Board policy, sound
engineering judgment, and Iowa Code
requirements. All construction and
maintenance work on the secondary road
system is to be performed under the
County Engineer's direction.
A budget and 5 year
construction program is prepared by the
County Engineer, subject to adoption by
the Board of Supervisors and approval by
the Iowa Department of Transportation.
Over two thirds (2/3)
of the Highway Department operating
budget is funded by Road Use Tax funds.
Approximately one quarter (1/4) of the
budget is funding from local property
tax. Only 7.37% of total
property tax revenues go to Highway
Department operations (July 1, 2009
to June 30, 2010).
The Keokuk County
Highway Department employs 24 full time
and 3 seasonal employees. The
organization chart is located
The County Engineer,
Administrative Assistant, and
Engineering staff are located on the 1st
floor of the Courthouse. The
majority of maintenance staff are based
out of the main shop building located in
Sigourney. Eight of the motor
grader operators are based in sheds
located in the Thornburg, Webster,
Kinross, Keota, Richland, Ollie,
Hedrick, and Delta areas. The
Highway department also has a storage
facility on the east end of Sigourney
which includes a sign shed, salt shed,
and fueling facility.