Public Works

Roads & Bridges

The department is responsible for:

  • Construction and maintenance on 350 miles of county roads, over 200 miles of which are paved construction (usually reconstruction or resurfacing)
  • Maintenance, which consists of snow removal; mowing and weed control; blading gravel roads; sealing, patching, and crack filling paved roads; and sign maintenance and replacement (including 9-1-1 addressing signs)
  • Preparing plans and specifications for work including:
    • Inspecting work of contractors
    • Performing quality control tests
    • Preparing and managing construction contracts

The department is also responsible for inspection of 200 bridges / large culverts under county and township roads and recommendation of replacement or rehab when needed. It is responsible for approving permits for all work by others in county highway rights of way and for approving oversize and overweight loads on county roads.

Parks & Other County Facilities

  • Involved in major remodeling activities at county buildings
  • Responsible for maintenance / improvements of four county parks and county fairgrounds
  • Responsible for maintenance, repair, and replacement of most county vehicles
  • Check out the Watonwan County Parks and Trails Master Plan.


The department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of TMT (Take Me There) Bus Service where $3.00 will get you anywhere in the county. Click here for more details.

Seasonal Load Restrictions

  1. Physical Address
    1304 Seventh Avenue S
    St. James, MN 56081


    Fax: 507-375-1301

    Monday through Friday 
    7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.