The County Engineer is responsible for construction and maintenance of the Secondary Road System in Cherokee County.


County Seat
Cherokee County Courthouse
520 West Main
Cherokee, IA 51012

Cherokee County, Iowa - Engineer

The County Engineer is responsible for construction and maintenance of the Secondary Road System in Cherokee County. Cherokee County’s road system has 1,005 miles of roadway. This includes 218 miles of paved roads; 758 miles of gravel roads, and 29 miles of dirt roads. The system also includes 212 bridges and large culverts.

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Engineering Duties include:

Design, construction, inspection and contract administration of Cherokee County Secondary Road system road and bridge projects

Department operating budget and construction program development

Department personnel administration

Accounting functions for Secondary roads

Response to petitions, requests, or concerns regarding roadway condition and drainage, temporary road closures, and obstructions in the right of way

Assigning all rural addresses

Conduct Engineering studies including speed studies, road vacations, and traffic studies

Subdivision roadway review and approval

Entrance permit review and approval

Permitting of utility or other work within the county road right of way

Oversize/overweight vehicle permit issuance for county roads

Section corner information, aerial photo information and bench mark information is available for public viewing

Right-of-way information on Cherokee County roads and construction projects

Mark right-of-way for new fence locations.

Maintenance Duties include:

Surface repairs and maintenance – this would include rocking the County’s gravel roads, patching paved roads, pothole repairs, shoulder rocking, mowing shoulders and brush cutting

House and Farm entrance rocking within the County right-of-way

County bridge and culvert repairs

Ditch cleaning in order to allow proper drainage

Entrance maintenance for existing driveways or extensions on existing entrances

Snow removal on county roads

Roadway sign installation and maintenance (911 signs are installed by the Engineers Office and paid for by the 911 office).


Address of
Engineer's office:
5074 Highway 3
Cherokee, Iowa 51012

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Phone Number:
(712) 225-6712

FAX Number:
(712) 225-6715

Office Holder Name:
Sarah Tracy

Employees in
Engineer's Office:

Larry Walker,
Superintendent of
Maintenance Department

Kari Lundy
Office Manager