Public Works Department

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Welcome to the Benton County
Public Works Department!  

How Do I…?

…get permits

…report a road problem

…bid on county projects or proposals

...view the Benton County road map

…find standards and specifications

…find road closures

…find out about snow removal
...donate or dispose of household hazardous waste

For more information regarding what may be going on in your area, please scroll down to the News Section of this page.


Our Mission: The Benton County Public Works Department strives to provide the highest quality roadway and infrastructure to the public through prudent use of resources, technology, innovation, and teamwork.


Our Vision: Working for the community to establish and maintain an exceptional road and public works infrastructure system through dedicated staff, effective construction, rigorous maintenance, and exemplary service.


BENTON COUNTY SNOW AND ICE CONTROL MAP

For a list of road closure information, please click the Road Closures link on the left side of your screen.  Otherwise, click on the map below.

Road Closure Map

 Tip of the Month: Driving in Snow

Groundhogs Day was February 2nd, and from what I heard there was a prediction of an early spring.  I think Mother Nature heard too.  So she decided to take advantage of the time she had left and drop off some snow.   And boy did we get a good amount of snow.  Since all of this snow has been received over the last several days, the Road Crews have been working hard to try and keep up with making the roads safe for travel.   With that in mind, I thought it would be a good reminder to share some tips about driving in the snow.   

Driving Tips
1. 
When driving in Snowy or Icy conditions, look further down the road to be aware of what's coming up ahead.  This will you give you the opportunity to anticipate what is coming, make a decision and hopefully provide the time you need to respond.  

2. Increase your following distance from 3-4 second, to 8-10 seconds to allow more response time.  Double the stopping distance when the roads are wet and triple it when roads have snow and even more on ice.   Remember, the larger the vehicle the longer it takes to slow down and stop.   

3.
Pay attention to any flashing lights on your dashboard. If you see the outline of the car with the squiggly lines behind it light up, this is your vehicle telling you that you are losing traction.  If driving in a straight line, then the tires may be slipping. Or if you are turning, you may be starting to slide.  In either situation, ease up on the accelerator and give your tires a chance to regain traction. 

4.
When going up a hill, get your momentum up first to avoid spinning your tires.  Also, don't stop on a hill.  You may lose your momentum and could end up sliding down the hill.

5. 
If you have AWD or a 4x4, remember you may have better traction for acceleration but not necessarily for stopping.  Expect your vehicle to react the same as any "normal" vehicle on the road. 

6.
And finally, if you can, stay home.  Even if you are a good driver, avoid the roads and enjoy the snow from safety of your home. 

With these kinds of conditions you definitely want to remember to slow down and take your time to reach your destination.  Leave earlier, drive slower, accelerate slower and do not use cruise control.  Should you end up behind a snow plow, de-icing truck or sanding truck, give them a little extra room and be patient.   

Finally, remember; Be Prepared, Stay Alert and Be Safe! 

*If you would like to see our snow and ice control routes, please click on the link above this section.
  

For more winter driving tips and information visit website for the Washington State Department of Transportation's and look for the winter section.  On there you will find a Winter Driving Guide, Video on How to Install Tire Chains, What to Carry in Your Car and a Winter Driving Checklist.   All useful tools for these cold months.

State Travel Information Websites:
Before heading on a trip, check with the following agencies:
Washington State Department of Transportation (http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/)
Oregon Department of Transportation (http://tripcheck.com/Pages/RCMap.asp)
Idaho Department of Transportation (http://511.idaho.gov/)

*For your daily commute, check with your local news and city website(s) for concerns and construction projects.


NEWS FROM THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

NOTICE OF SPEED LIMIT REDUCTION: 

New reduced speed limits have been approved for several roads in the Prosser and Finley areas.  Originally, these roads were unmarked country roads and their speed limit was 50 MPH.  Please see below for a list of the roads and their new speed limit.  The new reduced speed limits will be effective once the signs have been postedTo see a map of these roads, click the link below. 


Prosser
(map):
 

Albro Road – 25 MPH
Bone Road – 25 MPH
County Line Road – 30 MPH 
Griffin Road – 35 MPH 
Johnson Road – 35 MPH 
King Tull Road – 35 MPH 
Sievers Road – 35 MPH 
Atwood Road – 40 MPH 
Missimer Road – 40 MPH 
Wilgus Road – 40 MPH 

Finley (map): 
Sloan Road – 35 MPH 
Sloan Court – 35 MPH 

In an effort to keep the citizens of Benton County informed, upcoming construction projects are posted on the County's Facebook page, you can also find information about closures and detours on the main Benton County website.
Contact Us

Physical Address

(1st floor of the Courthouse):

620 Market Street

Prosser, WA  99350

Map


Mailing Address:

P. O. Box 1001

Prosser, WA  99350


Phone Numbers:

(509) 786-5611

or

(509) 736-3084

Email Address:

publicworks@co.benton.wa.us

 
 
 
 

 
Benton County    620 Market Street    Prosser, Washington 99350
Phone: (509) 786-5710 or (509) 783-1310
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