Public Works affects numerous parts of everyday life in Clark County
Heath Henderson, Public Works
Vancouver, WA – Depending on where you live, every time you drive to work, take your kids to the park or flush your toilet, you receive services from Clark County Public Works.
May 18 through 24 is National Public Works Week, an opportunity to recognize public works in planning, building and maintaining infrastructure used by Americans every day.
Here are some statistical tidbits from 2013 that illustrate the type and volume of work Clark County Public Works does in our community:
• Mowed 14,517 acres of turf in county parks, the equivalent to more than 13,000 American football fields, not including the end zones.
• Secured $10.37 million in transportation grants from state and federal agencies, almost $24 for every man, woman and child living in Clark County.
• Striped 1,265 lane miles of county roads, roughly the one-way driving distance between Vancouver and Rapid City, S.D.
• Swept 5,120 lane miles of county roads, roughly the roundtrip driving distance between Vancouver and Birmingham, Ala.
• Removed 4,007 cubic yards of dirt and other debris through street sweeping, which would cover the Portland Trail Blazers’ court at the Moda Center by more than 7 feet.
• Treated an average 7.06 million gallons of sewage a day at the Salmon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, enough to fill almost 11 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
• Used more than148 tons of cold mix asphalt to fill and patch more than 3,000 potholes.
• Responded to 193 calls to remove dead deer along county roads and picked up dozens more spotted during routine field work across the county.
“When we do our jobs well, people don’t always notice how we affect their lives,” said Heath Henderson, Public Works director. “From keeping our parks looking nice to making our roads as safe as possible, we pride ourselves on getting the work done for our community.”