The Engineering Department is dedicated to planning, developing and maintaining the County's infrastructure, and facilities, in a manner which provides safe travel for the general public and enhances the quality of life in Barton County. The Engineering Department solicits grants and other funding for major reconstruction or new construction projects. In addition to project management, Engineering includes Stormwater Engineering, Traffic Engineering, and engineering information and support services, including mapping and GIS functions. They also keep records on all surveys and section corners submitted, and assist other surveyors as needed in the locating of records and/or section corners.
Flood Damage To Your Home?
If your home and/or buildings have been damaged by flooding, see the "Floodplain Info" tab on this page. You can determine if your home is in a floodplain and read the information concerning substantial damage. If your structure is (or will be) in a floodplain you will need a Barton County Floodplain Development Permit before you build, add on to, or repair it.
Railroad Avenue Resurfacing Project
The widening and resurfacing of Railroad Avenue between Main Street and South Washington Avenue was completed on August 30th. Venture Corporation from Great Bend was the contractor for the project. The existing roadway was 22 feet wide and consisted of older concrete pavement that had been overlaid with 3 inches of hot mix asphalt in 2012. The recently completed project entailed removing the deteriorated asphalt to expose the concrete pavement, widening the pavement by adding 2 additional feet of hot mix asphalt on each side of the road, and then placing a new hot mix asphalt overlay 3 inches thick over the entire 26 feet of roadway. See pictures of the project.
SW 70 Road Drainage Boxes Finished
The construction of two new Reinforced Concrete Boxes (RCB's) on SW 70 Road west of Pawnee Rock was completed and the road was opened to traffic on Dec. 4, 2019. L&M Contractors, Inc., from Great Bend built the RCB's, and Barton and Pawnee Counties split the contract construction costs evenly. The two counties partnered in the inspection, traffic control, earthwork, and asphalt surfacing, with those duties being performed by the counties to keep the costs down. The two locations between SW 130 Avenue and SW 140 Avenue previously had low water crossings that were frequently flooded by moderate to large rain events. The roadway has now been elevated over the RCB's so SW 70 Road will have a much smaller chance of needing to be closed due to high water at those locations. See pictures of the work here.