Chad Gillespie, P.E., County Engineer

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 485, Wheaton, MN 56296      Street Address:  708  3rd Ave North, Wheaton, MN 56296

Phone: (320) 563-4848     Fax:  (320) 563-8734

E-Mail: chad.gillespie@co.traverse.mn.us

 

The main objective of the Traverse County Highway Department is the construction and maintenance of County Highways and Bridges, County State Aid Highways and Bridges and Township Roads and Bridges. The goal of the Highway Department is to ensure that the roadways and bridge structures in the county are designed according to Federal and State guidelines, constructed according to the contract specifications and properly maintained to ensure the safety of the traveling public. To accomplish these tasks, the department staffs a Senior Engineering Technician, Highway Technician, Accountant, Maintenance Supervisor, Mechanic, Sign Technician, and a number of Maintenance Workers.


 

Office and Shop Hours:  

  • Monday        7:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday        7:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday  7:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Thursday      7:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Friday           7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Saturday       Closed
  • Sunday          Closed
  • After Hours Emergency:  Please contact the Sheriff’s Department at 320.422.7800

Our main shop is located in Wheaton 320.563.4233.

Satellite Shops are located in:

Dumont 320.563.8443
Browns Valley 320.695.2204
Tintah 218.369.2428

 

Click link below for Traverse County Highway Map

Traverse County Highway Map

Click link below for Traverse County Municipalities Map

Traverse County Municipalities Map

Spring Weight Restrictions Map

Traverse-County-Weight-Restrictions-Map

Spring Load Restrictions start Friday, March 5th, 2021 at 12:01 AM. 



2021 Construction Projects for Bids:

3 Tied Projects – Sealed Bids Close February 23, 2021 – Bid Opening February 23, 2021 at 3:00 PM   

2021 Projects Ad for Bids

SAP 078-615-016; On CSAH #15, from South County Line to CSAH #4
SAP 078-604-024; On CSAH #4, from CSAH #5 to Co Rd 69
SAP 078-600-001; On 620th Ave, from MN 117 to End of Existing Pavement

Type of Work:   Milling, Stabilized Full Depth Reclamation, Full Depth Reclamation, Bituminous Surfacing, Aggregate Shoulders (Modified), Bituminous Seal Coat

 

078-616-008 Ad for Bids; On CSAH # 16, 7.0 miles North and 3.75 miles East of Wheaton, MN

Type of Work: Bridge Replacement: Remove Br. No. 78J21 (2 – 102” SSP Culverts) and install Br. No. 78J32 (2 – 16’ X 9’ PC Box Culverts)

 

CP 21-01 GRAVEL Ad for CSAH

On CSAH 19. 1,700’ East of TH 9 to the East County Line (2.25 miles) and

On CSAH 16. From TH 75 to CSAH 11 (4.0 miles)

TYPE OF WORK: Supply, Deliver and Spread Class V Gravel to the following:
CSAH 19; 2,520 Tons on 2.25 miles
CSAH 16; 6,000 Tons on 4.0 miles

CP 21-02 Crushing Ad – Bids Close 3:00 PM on June 10, 2021

Recycled Concrete and Asphalt Crushing and Stockpiling at Norsen’s Pit located 2.2 miles west of Wheaton, MN

Gravel Crushing and Stockpiling at Murphy Pit located 3.5 miles south of Beardsley, MN



Traverse County ADA Transition Plan


DITCH MOWING

Minnesota State Statute protects the nesting habitat of game birds and songbirds during specific times of the year by directing the extent and timing of mowing in rural areas.  Minnesota Statute 160.232 outlines the extent the County can mow ditches.

On any county road, the County can mow the first eight feet from the road surface or shoulder at any time.  Other limitations to mowing are covered in the statute.

MOWING 2019 NOTICE

WORK IN COUNTY ROAD RIGHT OF WAY

Permits from the County are required when working in County Road Right-of-Way for drainage work such as ditching and tiling, utility work, and driveways/approaches.

Permits from the County are NOT required for mowing and haying.

MOWING COUNTY ROADS

The Traverse County Highway Department will begin mowing bituminous surfaced roads on June 17, 2019.  After July 4th the aggregate surfaced roads will be mowed.  All mowing operations may include a top cut on shoulders and a side cut on in-slope.  We reserve the right to mow the first eight feet away from the road surface, or shoulder if one exists, at any time based on State Statute 160.232. Noxious weeds will be mowed or sprayed whenever they can be identified.

Landowners are welcome to cut ditches for hay but must bring a map of haying locations into the Highway Department prior to June 6, 2019.  Haying shall be done in a timely manner to maintain road safety.

Persons mowing road ditches should not blow clippings onto the roadway.  The clippings cause problems in the gravel windrow.

                 


    

WORK IN COUNTY ROAD RIGHT OF WAY NOTICE

PERSONS WORKING IN THE COUNTY ROAD RIGHT OF WAY INCLUDING DITCH CLEANING AND DRAINAGE MUST HAVE A PERMIT FROM THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT.  

Permit Application Forms:

See following map for Bridge Load Postings   Traverse County Bridge Posting Map

Road Damage Ordinance


Dust Control Registration

      Traverse County Highway Department

PO Box 485                                                                 PHONE 320.563.4848

Wheaton, MN  56296                                                  FAX       320.563.8734

 

The Traverse County Highway Department will coordinate application of calcium chloride for dust control for interested Traverse County Residents for Spring of 2021.  Residents receiving dust control will pay the applied cost.

PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE COUNTY

BEFORE APPLICATION WILL BE MADE. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Residents receiving application of dust control should understand the following:

  1. Dust control will only be applied after payment has been received by the County Highway Department. Payment must be received by 4:30 PM on May 4th, 2021. There will be a mailbox outside the Highway Department for payment drop off.
  2. Dust Control will be applied during the last two weeks of May, weather permitting.
  3. Dust Control (calcium chloride) requires moisture to be effective. During extensive dry weather (late summer/early fall) the dust control will lose its effectiveness.
  4. The Highway Department reserves the right to maintain the road surface where dust control has been applied. The Highway Department will make efforts to segregate dust control treated gravel from other road gravel.
  5. NO REFUNDS!!!

 

The cost for one application 20ft. wide by 350 ft long will be $310.00.  The length can be extended by intervals of ten feet for $8.86/10 ft.  Residents having dust control applied in 2020 will receive an invoice for the same application quantity.  Should the resident want any change in application location, contact the highway department by May 4th, 2021 at 4:30 pm.  For quantity changes, add or subtract ten foot intervals and adjust the cost accordingly.

 

Residents who did not receive dust control in 2020 and wish to receive dust control should contact the Traverse County Highway Department with payment by the deadline at 320.563.4848 or PO Box 485, Wheaton MN 56296.

All payments must be received by the Highway Department

by end of day May 4th, 2021.