Cass County maintains over 650 miles of roads, half of which are hard surface, the other half being gravel.  The County is also responsible for approximately 500 bridges, 274 of which span a distance of 20 feet or greater.  During the summer months the maintenance division of the Highway Department focuses on grading and reshaping gravel roads, repairing bridges, repairing and installing signs, and other various needs related to the highways of the County.  During winter months operations focus primarily on snow removal and ensuring that all County roadways operate safely.  The maintenance division also plays an important role in supporting flood related operations.

Snow Removal

During winter months snow removal is typically the first priority of the maintenance division.  The goal in removing snow is to run routes on a priority basis defined by the County Engineer and Highway Superintendent.  This objective is not always achieved due to extreme or varying weather or road conditions.

The priority routes are defined and treated as follows:

Priority 1: Key Commuter Routes: Plowing used in combination with abrasives and/or deicing chemicals over entire route as determined appropriate.  Objective is to complete first pass in both lanes with plow and/or abrasive/deicing chemicals by 7:00 AM following a normal snowfall.  During operations hours, plows operate when there is a significant accumulation that a plow can remove.

Priority 2: Secondary Commuter Routes: In addition to plowing of the entire route, abrasives and/or deicing chemicals used at curves, intersections and extensive build-up areas as required.  Objective is to complete first pass in both lanes with plow and/or abrasives/deicing by 8:00 AM following a normal snowfall.  During operation hours, plows operate when there is a significant accumulation that a plow can remove.

Priority 3: Other County Hard Surfaced Routes: In addition to plowing of the entire route, abrasives and/or deicing chemicals used at curves, intersections and extensive build-up areas as required.  Objective is to complete first pass in both lanes with plow and/or abrasives/deicing by 9:00 AM following a normal snowfall.  During operation hours, plows operate when there is a significant accumulation that a plow can remove.

Priority 4: Gravel Surfaced County Route: Cleared by plowing.  Generally abrasives and deicing chemicals are not used.  Objective is to complete a single pass with plow by 1:00 PM following a normal snowfall.  Supervisor may elect not to plow for very light snowfalls or when unfrozen gravel conditions exist.  Generally plows operate when there is an accumulation in excess of 3 inches.

Damage to private property is sometimes unavoidable.  When private property is damaged by County operations, the County will repair, replace, or restore damaged property, as appropriate, to as close to its original condition as practical.  Please contact the Highway Department for further information.