To maintain all County owned roadway infrastructure and to provide the traveling public with safe, reliable and aesthetically pleasing public ways; to construct new roads and performs general civil work on special construction projects as well as reviews and inspects the development plans of private developers; to maintain all of the County‘s rolling stock excluding the Sheriff‘s Office.
Population increases have vastly impacted the maintenance responsibilities for the county road system (new subdivisions, wear on existing roads, expansion of school bus routes and mail delivery, and increased traffic flow on low volume design roads). This has increased costs, and created the demand for new paved roads, bridges and major improvements to certain road segments and intersections. Bulloch County has the most dirt roads in the State of Georgia to care for. The use of inmate labor has minimized these costs, yet, the increased traffic and periods of inclement weather escalate the maintenance effort. The department is also charged with right- of-way management which requires a focus on engineering and regulatory functions. Increasing new development will require that a greater focus be placed on shifting the costs of these functions be placed on the private entities spurring development rather than the general taxpayer. Examples may include requirements on new development sites for storm water management, driveway access and road segment and safety improvements. The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax has provided a major funding source for many of these needs. A portion of the department‘s funding is reimbursed through SPLOST as a result of the capital outlay effort. The Road Department is also reimbursed by other cities and agencies for services provided.