June 7th – September 3rd, 2021: Engineer Office Hours will be 6AM-4:30PM MON-THURS
Please plan your moving permits and utility underground permits accordingly!
Please plan your moving permits and utility underground permits accordingly!
Employed by Board of Supervisors, each term not to exceed three years. [309.17] Bond: $2,000-$5,000 by the Board of Supervisors [309.18] Compensation is set by the Board of Supervisors [309.18] Qualifications: Must be a registered professional engineer in the field of civil engineering to be eligible to be known as a county engineer.
The County Engineer’s duties include:
The County Engineer’s Office is responsible for supervision of all construction and maintenance work performed on all secondary roads within the county. BV County’s road system includes 1004 miles of road with 235 miles being paved and 140 bridges over 20 feet in length.
The County Engineer’s Office is responsible for the design and construction of all road and bridge projects on the road system. All permits pertaining to use of the roadway are issued from the office. These include moving permits for oversize/overlength truck loads, work in the right-of-way authorization, underground utility permits, and approval of driveways/field entrances.
The County Secondary Road Department is responsible for general maintenance on all county roads. this includes installing of traffic signs, maintaining road surfaces, ditch drainage on the road right-of-way, vegetation control, and winter snow and ice control.
The County Engineer’s Office is located at 526 Radio Road. The Secondary Road Department operates out of its main shop in Storm Lake with outlying shops in Alta, Albert City, Linn Grove, Marathon, Newell, Rembrandt, and Sioux Rapids.
The County Engineer’s Office is the second contact for drainage ditch issues. Buena Vista County Drainage Engineer should be first contact. The Drainage Engineer has all maps and records for drainage districts.
Planned Projects for 2021
Iowa General Provisions for Oversize Load Permit
The State of Iowa, the Iowa Department of Transportation and any other permit issuing authority assume no responsibility for the property of the permit holder. During movement under permit, the permit holder must meet the terms and conditions of the permit and must take all reasonable precautions to protect and safeguard the lives and property of the traveling public and adjacent property owners. A copy of a current certificate of public liability insurance in the amounts of $100,000 bodily injury each person, $200,000 bodily injury each occurrence, and $50,000 property damage must be carried in the vehicle for which the permit has been issued. Nothing shall exempt the permit holder from compliance with any load limitations which have been or might be established on any bridge or road that is posed with embargo signs. The permit and any revisions will be void if the actual weights or dimensions exceed what is indicated on the permit or its revisions. Permits can be issued only for loads that are a single article that cannot be reasonably broken down to make it legal in size and weight. The permit must be carried in the cab of the vehicle for which it has been issued and be available for inspection.
Movement is allowed seven days a week except for designated holidays and for special events when abnormally high traffic counts can be expected. The designated holidays are: Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. No movement will be allowed on these holidays or after 12 noon on days preceding these holidays and holiday weekends which include holidays that fall on Monday, except as provided for in Section 321.457 of the Code.
Any reportable accident involving a vehicle operation under permit must be reported in writing to the Director of the Office of Motor Carrier Services, P.O. Box 10382, Des Moines, IA 50306-0382.
Escorts must be at least 18 years old, possess a valid Class A, B, C, or D driver’s license, and carry proof of public liability insurance in the amounts of $100,000/$200,000/$50,000. The escort vehicle must be approximately the size of a normal passenger automobile or pickup and must have an amber revolving light. The Light must be at least 7″ high and 7″ in diameter, with at least 100-candlepower lamp providing 360° warning (or a strobe light), and be mounted on top of the escort vehicle which must be burning while escorting a permit load. An 18″ square red flag must be on each corner of the front bumper of the vehicle.
A rear escort is required when vehicle length exceeds 120 feet.
A rear escort is required when the width of the vehicle and load is over 16 feet 6 inches and travel is on 4 lane roadways.
A rear escort or amber light or strobe light on the power unit and on the rear extremity of the vehicle or load when width exceeds one-half the roadway up to and including 16 feet 6 inches and travel is on 4 lane roadways.
A front escort is required when: Width is up to and including 14 feet 6 inches and exceeds one-half the roadway and travel is on 2 lane roadways with lane width less than 12 feet OR Width is up to and including 14 feet 6 inches and exceeds one-half the roadway and travel is on 2 lane roadways with lane width 12 feet or more without sufficient shoulders OR Width is over 14 feet 6 inches and travel is on 2 lane roadways.
A front escort – or an amber light or strobe light on the power unit and on the rear extremity of the vehicle or load, when width is up to and including 14 feet 6 inches and exceeds one-half the roadway and travel is on 2 lane roadways with lane width 12 feet or more with sufficient shoulders.
A front escort with mounted height pole is required when height exceeds 14 feet 4 inches up to and including 20 feet. An escort but no height pole is required after 20 feet.
An amber revolving light at least 7 inches high and 7 inches in diameter with at least a 100-candlepower lamp providing 360-degree warning (or strobe light) visible from front and rear, mounted on the towing unit is required when: Length exceeds 85 feet up to and including 120 feet OR Frontend projection exceeds 25 feet OR rear-end projection exceeds 10 feet OR Weight exceeds 80,000 pounds. An escort can be used in lieu of amber light.
Signs and Flags
Signs and flags are required when a vehicle and load exceeding 75 feet in length, 8 feet 6 inches in width, and/or 15 feet 4 inches in height. In addition, flags are required when the vehicle rear projection exceeds 4 feet. A sign reading “Oversize Load” must be at least 18 inches high by 7 feet long with a minimum of 12-inch black letters with a 1-1/2 inch stroke, on a yellow background, and mounted on the front bumper and on the rear of the load. A rear sign for mobile homes must be mounted at least 7 feet above the highway surface, measuring from the bottom of the sign. Flags must be red or orange fluorescent and at least 18 inches square must be mounted as follows: one flag at each front corner of the towing unit and one flag at reach rear corner of the load. In addition, there must be a flag at any additional protrusion in the width of the load. The signs or warning devices must be mounted so they can be removed or covered with the vehicle is within legal dimensions.
Definition of sufficient shoulder – A gravel or paved surface extending a minimum of 6 feet beyond the edge of the roadway.
Requirements for Continuous Moves
Vehicles and loads may travel by permit between 1/2 hour after sunset and 1/2 hour before sunrise if, in addition to the general provisions and general requirements specified by the permit, the following conditions are met.
(1) Width. 11 feet.
(2) Height. 14 feet, 4 inches.
(3) Length. 100 feet.
(4) Weight. Permitted axle limits.
(1) One lighted red lamp on each side at the rear of the load.
(2) One lighted yellow or amber lamp on each side at the front of the load.
Telephone number for more information (515) 237-3264
The utility company, corporation, applicant, permit holder or licensee, (hereinafter referred to as the Permit Holder) agrees with Buena Vista County that the following stipulations and those special requirements on the front shall govern this permit.
Construction and Maintenance
The information furnished on this form will be used by Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors to determine approval or denial of the application. Failure to provide all information will result in denial of the application. Information furnished is public information and copies may be provided to the public upon request.