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 the recent 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.
Completed Bridge Project on East Barton County Road
The new bridge 1 mile east of Great Bend has been completed and the road was re-opened on Oct. 2, 2018. L & M Contractors, Inc., of Great Bend was the prime contractor for the project. The construction and inspection work was 80% funded with federal money that passed through KDOT. Barton County picked up the remaining 20% of those costs, and the County paid for all of the design work that was done by Kirkham Michael out of Ellsworth. The multiple-barrel concrete box structure that was removed was suffering from stream erosion and settlement issues. See pictures of the bridge construction work.
Arkansas River Bridge on SW 50 Avenue
An extensive bridge deck rehabilitation project that began in August 2017 was completed in May 2018. L & M Contractors removed deteriorated areas in the concrete and placed new concrete patches. The entire deck then received a concrete overlay. See pictures of the project.
New Crosswalk Markings near the Hoisington Activity Center
A team effort has resulted in the new and improved crosswalk markings near the Hoisington Activity Center. Janel Rose with the County Health Department applied for grant money from the state to purchase the materials. The County Engineer supplied cost estimates and the crosswalk design, and the County Road & Bridge Department installed the markings. See pictures of the new crosswalks.