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Welcome to the Benton County Road Department webpage! Our most common queries are in the “How Do I…?” section below. Other topics can be found through the sidebar to your left. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us through the information to your right. Thank you for visiting!

 

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



Our Mission: The Benton County Road 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.


Tip of the Month: No matter how long you've been driving, as winter approaches it is never a bad idea to refresh your memory on safe winter driving. 

AAA recommends the following winter driving tips:
*              Avoid driving while you’re fatigued.
*              Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
*              Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
*              Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
*              If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
*              Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
*              Always look and steer where you want to go.
*              Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.

Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids.

Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly. The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds.

Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill as slowly as possible.  

Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.

Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.

State Travel Information Websites:

Before heading on a trip, check with:
Washington State Department of Transportation (http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/),
Oregon Department of Transportation (http://tripcheck.com/Pages/RCMap.asp),
and Idaho Department of Transportation (http://511.idaho.gov/),
For your daily commute, check your local city website for construction projects.


New at the Road Department:


    ROAD APPROACH POLICY
 

The Benton County Road Department has a new policy for applying for road approach permits.
Please read it here.


    BST PROGRAM
The Benton County Road Department bituminous surface treatment
(BST), or "chip seal," project will begin on Monday, May 8, 2017.
Please see the Benton County Twitter feed or Facebook page for more information
.

 

Contact Us

Physical Address:

620 Market Street

Prosser, WA  99350

 

Map

 

Mailing Address:

P. O. Box 1001

Prosser, WA  99350

 

Phone Numbers:

Tri-Cities:  509-736-3084

Prosser:    509-786-5611

 
 
 
 

 
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