The objective of the Platte County Road and Bridge Department is to construct, maintain, and repair all of the county roads
within the county, for the safe and convenient use of the driving public. We operate and maintain a full fleet of machinery and
vehicles that are used for that purpose.
Our employees consist of 5 full-time motor grader operators to work the gravel roads as well as plow snow as needed. We have one
assigned to the Glendo area, one to the Guernsey area, one to the area of Chugwater, and two in the Wheatland area. We also have 3
equipment operators/truck drivers who work anywhere in the county, on any type of job, from regraveling a non-surfaced road, to patching
asphalt roads, installing cattle guards or culverts, and anything that needs done. We have a full time welder/mechanic who performs a
full range of work, involving anything from a chainsaw to a motor grader to a tractor-trailer. And the superintendent does a variety of
work, including operating machinery on a project, managing the budget, dealing with the public and the employees, and organizing and
overseeing the work done. So that amounts to 10 full-time employees, and on rare occasions, we may have one or two part-time temporary
men to fill a specific need.
It is a constant struggle to keep up with increased traffic volume, larger and heavier vehicles, and development that puts more demand
on some roads. We also have to deal with the issues all of us face, such as higher equipment costs and constantly fluctuating fuel
prices. Added to that is the several years of drought conditions, meaning less moisture on the gravel road surfaces, and a lack of
compaction and fewer days with favorable working conditions. All of these things have made it harder to keep up with needed routine
Larger projects, such as resurfacing of asphalt roads, chip-sealing, structure replacement, and so on are possible through use of various
funding sources available through the State of Wyoming, and administered by the Wyoming Department of Transportation. Such projects can
literally take years to complete, from planning to engineering to funding, and letting of contracts to get the actual work done.
The Platte County Road and Bridge Department will continue to do all it can to give attention to the needs of county roads and related
structures, while balancing those needs with the limitations of shrinking budgets, less manpower than in the past, and tighter schedules.