Russell County Public Works

Russell, Kansas

Russell County is located in the state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,970. The largest city and county seat is Russell. Russell County Public Works is made up of the Road and Bridge Department, Noxious Weed Department, and the County Landfill.




8:00 AM – NOON

Russell County residents may dispose of their Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) at the Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Day. The drop off site is at the Noxious Weed Department at 205 S. Front St., Russell, KS on the scheduled days only. Accepted items: paint, stains, varnishes, indoor/outdoor insecticides, weed killer, and drain cleaners. This is for household waste only. No Commercial hazardous waste, medical waste, used motor oil, batteries or mercury. Dry and empty paint cans may be put into your regular trash.


Russell County Highway Dept. is accepting applications for temporary summer help.  Job duties to include operating mowers and work on Road & Bridge crew. Must be capable to work unsupervised and able to lift 75 lbs. Applicants must be 18 years of age and have a valid Kansas Driver’s License (CDL preferred). Position is subject to pre-employment drug test. EOE. Application & job description may be obtained at Russell County Highway Dept., 4288 U.S. Hwy 40, Russell, KS, or by calling (785) 483-4032, or click to download application  Position open until filled.


All Russell County offices including the Landfill will be closed Friday, April 19, 2019 in observance of Good Friday. The Landfill will re-open regular hours on Saturday.


Due to damages to roads and bridges caused by the recent rains, the County and various Townships have been forced to temporarily close the following roads until further notice.  As repairs are made and roads are re-opened we will update this list.  Thank you for your patience.

  • 4-Corners Rd one mile from 191st St. to 192nd St. (Russell County)
    • DETOUR from 191st & 4-Corners Rd. North 1 mile, 1 mile East on Plymouth Rd, then 1 mile South on 192nd St. back to 4-Corners Rd.
  • 187th St. one mile from Winterset Rd. to Stickney Rd. (Fairfield Township)
  • 193rd St. one mile from Stickney Rd. to Michaelis Rd. (Fairfield Township)


Russell County Snow Removal

      Who’s First?

Russell County adjusts its practices to deal differently with each storm and tries to return roads to near-normal driving conditions as soon as possible after a snowstorms end. Because Russell County doesn’t have enough workers or trucks to clear every road immediately after a snowstorm, the department has set priorities for which roads to clear first.
Priority 1:     Roads with the highest traffic volumes are cleared, or treated, first. These include major paved routes which receive continuous treatment throughout a storm.
Priority 2:     Lower-volume routes are cleared next. Traffic on these routes may be impeded until higher-volume routes are open and clear.
Even after all the roadway surfaces are as clear as possible, Russell County’s work is not done. Workers now must clean up the accumulation on shoulders, bridge edges and at interchanges. This work is usually completed during normal working hours.

Our goal is to return the “Priority 1” routes to wet or dry condition as soon as possible after the storm ends and to plow and treat the critical areas of all other routes as soon as possible after the storm ends.


Russell County Road and Bridge

Road and Bridge

Russell County Road and Bridge Department maintains 170 miles of asphalt, 246 miles of gravel, and 26 miles of concrete roads within the county.

Noxious Weed

Russell County Noxious Weed Department enforces the State Noxious Weed Law within the county boundaries.

Russell County Landfill

County Landfill

Russell County Landfill, a Small Arid Municipal Solid Waste landfill, is located at 18536 Land Rd. approximately four miles north of Russell.