| Engineer & Secondary Roads
The Hardin County Secondary Roads Department strives to provide and maintain the safest and highest quality network of roads and bridges possible with its resources.
The County Engineer oversees, provides, and maintains roads, road rights-of-way, and bridges on all public roadways under the County’s jurisdiction and is deemed responsible for the efficient, economical, and good faith performance of said work. This department also maintains section corner tie information.
The Board of Supervisors is required by Iowa state law to hire a licensed, professional civil engineer. Although the County Engineer oversees road and bridge construction and maintenance work, and advises the Board of Supervisors on matters relating to the secondary road system, it is the Board of Supervisors’ responsibility to set broad policies which provide direction for the day-to-day operations of the Secondary Roads Department.
The Hardin County Engineer’s Office is located on the northwest side of Eldora at:
708 16th Street Eldora, IA 50627
The Eldora Maintenance Shop is located just north of the Engineer’s Office at:409 17th Street
Eldora, IA 50627
Please visit the Office and Maintenance Facilities page for a map of all of our locations.
An article referencing frost boils from 1961 talks about the possible fixes for frost boils, but all were just theories at the time.
In that amount of time, a specific solution has never been determined. The best solution to this day is to do nothing but wait for the frost boil to dry out. Sometimes the road crew will attempt to level the area or pour rock on top, but these methods often prove ineffective.
Each grader operator has 70-80 miles to cover in that time frame, sometimes moving under 5 miles/hour. In order to reach every stretch of road the grader may have to travel with the blade up.
The Hardin County Snow and Ice Removal Policy (PDF) has been in place since the mid-1990s. It states that snow will be cleared from 5:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The policy also gives a priority to paved routes if necessary. The goal of each snow event is to open both lanes of all highways and at least one path of each gravel road. Some snow events are too severe to achieve this goal. In the event that fog or blowing snow reduce visibility to a dangerous level, Hardin County will not perform snow removal operations.
Ditches are designed on the sides of a roadway for the distinct purpose of holding and moving water as naturally as possible. If there is no waterway or tile system in the area, the water has no choice but to stay where it is and slowly soak into the ground.
The Engineer’s Office has a Driveway Permit Application (PDF) to apply for a new driveway or to enhance an existing driveway. The road crew will check the location and determine if it is acceptable and whether it requires a culvert. All the costs for a new or widened driveway are at the landowner’s expense.
No, Hardin County purchases culvert pipe without tax. Therefore, the county cannot resell something that should produce state sales tax.
Hardin County has agreements in place with four of our adjoining counties. Each county splits up the number of miles and maintains the entire right-of-way for that portion.
View County Line Maintenance Jurisdictions Map (PDF)
Typically; roads are bladed weekly when conditions are appropriate depending on weather and traffic conditions. If a road is too wet, the motor grader will sink and cause ruts. If a road is too dry, the grader can’t properly move the rock.
No, both these practices are illegal by Iowa Code. Tiles must outlet on private property and then flow into the county right-of-way.
Septic systems must flow into an approved system as per Iowa Code, Chapter 69 (PDF). Contact the Hardin County Sanitarian at 641-939-8135 or by email for more information.
No timeline is being given. With 779 miles of unpaved roads to maintain, the secondary roads crew will be busy. Our goal is to continue hauling as often as possible to as many different locations as possible.
708 16th Street
Monday - Friday
08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Phone : (641) 858-5058
Assistant to the County Engineer
Assistant Maintenance Superintendent