Roads and Waterways

Public Works

The Roads & Waterways is responsible for maintaining 351 miles of roads, 24 bridges, 13 boat ramps, 11 docks, 6 marinas and 3 dredge material placement (DMP) sites.  Its fleet consists of 42 tagged vehicles, 33 pieces of specialty equipment and 31 implements.  The department oversees the county’s only fuel depot and maintains the fleet of most county departments.  The normal workforce is approximately 35 employees, but has been scaled back to 23 due to severe budget cuts.   The Roads & Waterways Complex which is located on Sign Post Road in Westover includes an administrative office, shop, equipment shed, dry storage shed, stockpile areas and fuel depot.  There is also a borrow pit on Cedar Drive in Eden and a heliport in Ewell.


 The Roads & Waterways Department is determined to provide a safe and efficient transportation network to promote economic development while protecting Somerset County’s beautiful and unique environment.


 The functions of the Roads & Waterways Department are numerous and vary greatly. Most are performed in-house, some are contracted out and a few performed by inmates. Those associated with safety are emphasized to protect our staff, inmates, interns, contractual employees and general public. These functions are as follows:


  • Emergency Response
  • Accounting
  • Administration
  • Pothole Repair
  • Storm Drain Maintenance
  • Driveway Culvert Installation
  • Signage
  • Herbicide Spraying
  • Fueling
  • Traffic Control 
  • Inspection
  • Inventory Control
  • Snow Removal and Deicing
  • Limbing
  • Ditching
  • Mowing
  • Sweeping
  • Grading

Partially Contracted:

  • Legal Services
  • Engineering
  • Surveying
  • Right-of-way Acquisition
  • Striping
  • Bridge Maintenance
  • Guardrail Maintenance
  • Fleet Maintenance
  • Resurfacing
  • Porta-potty Service
  • Marine Maintenance

Inmate Assisted:

  • Litter Control
  • Grass Trimming
2017 Roads and Waterways Strategic Plan 

Somerset County Roads and Waterways Department

is currently auctioning off serveral items.
To place a bid, or simply view these items, CLICK HERE.

Somerset County Roads Complex
8981 Sign Post Rd.
Westover, Md. 21871
Phone: 410.651.1930
Fax: 410.651.4586
Email: County Roads

Director: Woody Barnes
Assistant Superintendendent: Gary Beauchamp

The County DPW Roads Department will hold monthly meetings on Tuesdays from 2pm -- til. Agendas for these and County Commissioners meetings are available for download here.

Boat Slips

Boat Slip Coordinator - Shannon Evans
Phone : 410-621-9188

Marina  Fee  Water & Electric Availability  
Deal Island  $ 675 Water & Electric  
Webster's Cove  $ 625 Electric  
St. Peter's  $ 625 Electric  
Wenona  $ 675 Water & Electric  
Tylerton  $ 525 None  
Jenkins Creek  $ 325 None