The Elmore County Highway Department manages the County’s Road and Bridge network. Management of this network is done through the unit system, a system by which the County Commission employs a County Engineer who supervises and directs the daily operations of the County’s Highway Department. The County Engineer is responsible for the direction of all maintenance, construction, engineering and administration activities pertaining to the County’s road and bridge system.
The Highway Department personnel perform routine maintenance such as mowing grass, cutting brush, blading dirt roads, patching potholes on paved roads, cleaning ditches, and maintaining traffic control signs. The Highway Department operates its maintenance functions with the county’s allocation of gasoline tax resources. These revenues are earmarked under state law, limited in use, and must be used on the county’s road and bridge right-of-ways. The county utilizes this revenue stream to maintain its 750+ miles of paved road, 250+ miles of unpaved roads and the 127 bridge structures located in the county.
Construction projects play a large role in the Elmore County Highway Department. Engineering personnel plan, design and inspect construction activities on all federal, state and county funded projects. These include resurfacing and rehabilitation of our paved road network and replacement and rehabilitation of our county bridges.
The County Highway Department, through its land development division, is also responsible for regulating the subdivision and development of land in the county’s unincorporated areas. All division of land is subject to the county’s subdivision regulations. These regulations are made available to the public at the Elmore County Highway Department and are designed to provide citizens/taxpayers with well-built, safe, and sustainable developments.
Elmore County, also through its County Highway Department, utilizes an Access Management Policy to help aid in congestion reduction and to monitor and attempt to provide safe access to county roads. All entrances or drives (both residential and commercial) are subject to this policy and shall be approved prior to installation on the County right-of-way. Unapproved entrances are subject to removal and/or closure by the department in an effort to provide safe and efficient roads.
Any citizen who has a problem request for maintenance on the county road system is encouraged to contact the Elmore County Highway Department at (334) 567-1162. The County Highway Department operating hours are Monday through Thursday, 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours, non-emergency requests can be left on the department’s answering service. Emergency requests can be made by calling the Elmore County Sheriffs Dispatch at (334) 567-5441. The dispatch office forwards all requests or notifications to the Highway Department’s on call personnel to address the problem.
County Engineer, Walter Richard "Richie" Beyer, IV
County Engineer, Richie Beyer, holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida and is a Registered P.E. in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. He is a certified Bridge Inspector and Herbicide Applicator. Mr. Beyer was awarded the Association of County Engineers of Alabama (ACEA) County Engineer of the Year Award for 2012. He is a former President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Sixth Division Board Representative and EIT Representative of the ACEA. Currently, Mr. Beyer is the President of the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) Board of Directors. Previously, he served as NACE President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer and Alabama State Director.
In addition to serving as speaker for numerous ACCA education events, Mr. Beyer has served on numerous committees for the ACEA addressing Subdivision Regulations, Floodplain Management, Joint Equipment Bidding, Highway Safety, Education and Training, ATRIP Liaison, Pre-event Disaster & Monitoring Contract and Logging Advisory Committee.
Mr. Beyer has been employed as Elmore County Engineer since April 2003. Previously he served five and half years as Chambers County Assistant Engineer and two years as Barbour County Assistant Engineer. He served two summer internships in the Coffee County Engineering Department.
Mr. Beyer is married to the former Kelli Gant and together they have three children, Gracie, Aubrey and Colby.