Columbia County Courthouse

230 Strand Street, St. Helens, OR 97051 • Phone: (503) 397-7210 • Toll Free: (888) 397-7210

Columbia County

Roads Department

Contact Information

  • 1054 Oregon St., St. Helens, OR 97051
  • Phone (503)397-5090 Fax 503-397-7215
  • Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday 

 

 
 
NOTICE - Current Road Restrictions due to Freeze/Thaw
 
The deep freeze and subsequent rapid thaw of the ground can cause the strength of the County Roads to be dramatically reduced.  Significant truck traffic in these conditions can cause very major damage. 
 
The Columbia County Road Department has placed a 10,000 lb.weight restriction on many County Roads in the Clatskanie area.  Beginning Friday, January 20th, most other County Roads throughout the County, will have the same restriction.  The most significant of these roads are:

Canaan Road

Meissner Road

 
Pittsburg Road
 
Cater Road
 
Dutch Canyon Road
 
Keasey Road
 
Timber Road
 
Pebble Creek Road
 
Fishhawk Road
 
Fernhill Road
 
Nicolai Road above Nicolai Cut-Off Road
 
Alston-Mayger Road
Swedetown Road
 
Mayger Road
 
Collins Road
 
Woodson Road
 
Point Adams Road
 
Lost Creek Road
 
Stewart Creek Road
 
Shepard Road
 
Ilmari Road
 
Clatskanie Heights Road
and many other local access roads
 
Road Department staff will be posting signs with this restriction on Friday.

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The following roads will not have weight restrictions placed on them:

 
Scappoose Vernonia Road
 
Apiary Road
 
Banzer Road
 
Hankey Road
Pittsbug Road section from Hwy 30 to Hankey
 
Beaver Falls Road
 
Quincy Mayger Road
 
Old Rainier Road

 
We will update the status of the weight restrictions on Monday, January 23rd
 
 
 

ROADS DEPARTMENT UPDATING TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM PLAN

Please visit the site below for more information.

www.ColumbiaCountyTSP.org

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Important Safety Hazard along Columbia County Roadways. Please look over this short presentation and flyer for important information on long pole trucks traveling Columbia County Roads.

Long Load Safety Flyer.PDF

Long Load Safety Presentation.PDF

Long Load Safety Presentation.PPT

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

The primary function of the Road Department is to maintain county roads. County roads are roads that have been dedicated to the public by adjacent property owners and then accepted by the Board of County Commissioners to be maintained by the county. State Highways such as Hwy 30 and Hwy 47 are not County Roads and are maintained by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Please see the "Roads" page for more information. The primary maintenance activities performed by the Road Department are, striping, brush cutting, snow plowing, sign maintenance, gravel road grading, vegetation management, paving, and bridge maintenance. Eighteen employees are dedicated to maintenance activities. The crew is on call 24 hours per day to remove fallen trees, plow and sand roads or mitigate any other potential safety problem.

Please take the time to review the presentations prepared by the Road Department on the activites and responsibilities that we are currently responsible for. The Road Department has prepared a long and short presentation.

Columbia County Road Dept. Presentation-Short.PPT

Columbia County Road Dept. Presentation-Short.PDF

Columbia County Road Dept. Presentation-Long.PPT

Columbia County Road Dept. Presentation-Long.PDF

Other functions include implementing county ordinances, contracting large projects, obtaining permits for work in environmentally sensitive areas, writing grant proposals to obtain additional state and federal funds, managing Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation funds and repairing Road Department equipment. Three employees maintain the equipment, and there are five administrative staff.

Road Vacations

The County Road Department processes petitions for road vacations. Please follow the link for information and documents on how to apply for a road vacation.

Public Road Event Permits

The County Road Department processes applications for Public Road Event permits. Please follow the link above for information on what constitutes a public road event and to find the application form for a public road event.

Roadway Surface Miles of Roadway
Asphalt 215
Asphaltic oil matte 156
Gravel 171
Total 542
Assignment No. of Employees
Road Maintenance 18
Equipment Maintenance 3
Administration 5
Total

26