Plan, design, construct and maintain the safest, most cost-effective public roadways for the movement of people and goods.
To accomplish this task we are committed to:
Your county Public Works Department designs, constructs, and maintains the county road facilities within Kern County; we also issue transportation and encroachment permits for county roadways; respond to road-related complaints from the public; and administer the county's rural public transit system.
The Road Fund was established April 2, 1866. The Collier-Burns Act, adopted by the State Legislature on January 1, 1948, provides for the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges based on the areas of greatest need within the county. This act also provides for the appointment of a County Road Commissioner by the Board of Supervisors.
On March 26, 1979, the Board of Supervisors directed the merger of the Road Fund with the Public Works Department. On July 1, 1992, upon Board order, the Public Works Department was reorganized and its staff and responsibilities for Roads and Transit were placed under the direction of the Resource Management Agency. The current director, Craig M. Pope, was appointed Road Commissioner by the Board of Supervisors on October 11, 1994. Following another reorganization in July 2011, the Agency was dissolved and the Roads Department and its Transit Division began reporting directly to the Board of Supervisors.