Russell County Public Works

Russell, Kansas

Public Works Notifications

Temporary Road Closure – BRIDGE DECK REPAIR

***UPDATE*** THIS STRUCTURE IS RE-OPENED AS OF 11-15-19

Russell County has contracted with Reece Construction Co., Inc. to do a Bridge Deck Repair. The Bridge is known as the Mai Bridge on 4-Corners Rd. (blacktop).

Reece Construction Co. will Close 4-Corners Rd. between 186th and 187th St. beginning tomorrow (Sept. 4) for approximately 3 months.

Russell County Highway Dept. will set up a Detour from 4-Corners Rd (aka West Pioneer Blacktop) onto 186th St. going South for one mile to Fairfield Rd., then East on Fairfield Rd. for one mile to 187th St., then North on 187th St. for one mile to 4-Corners Rd.

Reece Construction Co. and Russell County Highway Dept. appreciate the public’s consideration while this necessary repair is completed.

Please contact Alan Kuntzsch, Public Works Director, if you have questions or concerns. 785-483-4032

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES

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.

  • 196th Street one mile from Stickney Rd. to Michaelis Rd. (Russell County)
  • 15th Street Rd. (East Shoreline Rd.) 4 miles from 200th Blvd. to 203rd St.
    • NO DETOUR has been established.  Recommended to re-route on I-70 or Hwy 40 from Dorrance to Wilson to travel from Dorrance/Minooka park to Wilson State Park/Hell Creek areas.

SNOW REMOVAL POLICY

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.

 

County Noxious Weed Department

The Russell County Noxious Weed Department enforces the State Noxious Weed Law within the county boundaries. This is accomplished by investigating complaints concerning noxious weeds and inspecting farm and pasture ground. The department also provides information and materials to help control and eradicate noxious weeds. We provide herbicides at our cost. During the growing season the department sprays all county properties, some township roads, and for KDOT under contract for weed control. Assistance for agricultural landowners with treatment recommendations of noxious weed control is also provided. The department is required to submit an Annual Report to Kansas Department of Agriculture. Winter months are spent maintaining equipment, compiling reports, continuing education, and snow removal on some county properties.

Chemicals

Chemicals available at the Noxious Weed Office are for the treatment of noxious weeds only. All sales are final. When purchasing chemicals at the weed office, please supply the name of the owner, operator, applicator, legal description of the land, name of weed to be treated, the chemical to be used, and the amount of acres to be treated.

Chemicals Available
  • 2-4-D Amine 4#
  • 2-4-D LV ester 4#
  • Tordon 22K (Picloram) Restricted Use Chemical. Must have a current Pesticide Applicators Certificate to pick up restricted use chemicals!
  • Dicamba
  • Escort
  • Milestone
  • Oust XP (for Johnson Grass)
  • Pastureguard (for Sericea Lespedeza)
  • Plateau (for Johnson Grass)
  • Remedy (for Sericea Lespedeza only)
  • Glyphosate (Roundup)

Noxious Weed Resources

Kansas Noxious Weeds
Musk Thistle Field Bindweed Canada Thistle
Leafy Spurge Russian Knapweed Kudzu
Bur Ragweed Quackgrass Sericea Lespedeza
Pignut Johnson Grass Hoary Grass

Russell County Noxious Weed Department
The Kansas Noxious Weed Law, KSA, Chapter 2, Article 13, requires all persons who own or supervise land in Kansas to control the spread of and to eradicate all weeds declared by legislative action to be noxious. Copies of the State Weed Law are available at the Noxious Weed Office.

KSA 2-1330 Entry upon and Inspection of property.
County commissioners, township boards, city officals and state, county, and city weed supervisors shall have at all reasonable times, free access to enter upon premises and to inspect property, both real and personal, regardless of location, in connection with the administration of the state weed law.

Informational Links

Employment Opportunities

Russell County Public Works will post open positions through this website, Russell County News, and Lucas-Sylvan News.

All positions require pre-employment drug screenings and random drug testing.

Click for Application Form
After the form opens you need to download the file to your computer or device. After opening the downloaded file the form will have boxes to fill in your information. Following the forms completion use the submit button to send to Russell County Public Works.

Business Hours

Winter Hours
Monday thru Friday
7:30 AM until 12:00 PM & 12:30 PM until 4:00 PM
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Closed on County observed Holidays

Summer Hours
Monday thru Friday
7:00 AM until 12:00 PM & 12:30 PM until 3:30 PM
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Closed on County observed Holidays

Contact Information

Kenton Ellis, Noxious Weed Director
Jennifer Buzzell, Secretary
Ray Olson, Sprayer/Mechanic

Russell County Noxious Weed Department
205 S. Front St.
Russell, KS 67665
Phone: (785) 483-4661
Fax: (785) 483-3153

Noxious Weed Department Email Form