The Code of Iowa requires all counties to employ a licensed civil engineer known as the County Engineer. All construction and maintenance work on the county secondary roads is performed under the supervision of the County Engineer who is deemed responsible for the efficient, economical and good-faith performance of said work. It is the duty of the Board of Supervisors to establish policies and provide adequate funding in order to properly maintain the secondary road system. Additional guidance comes from the policies and safety standards developed by the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. The Kossuth County Engineer's Office is responsible for the planning, the design and the supervision of all construction and maintenance work performed on the secondary road system. Kossuth County's road system includes a total of 1654 miles of roads. Of that total there are 500 miles that are paved. There are also approximately 300 bridges over 20 feet in length and about 150 large culverts in the secondary system.
The secondary road department, under the supervision of the County Engineer, is responsible for the general maintenance of all of the county roads, bridges and culverts. This includes installing traffic signs, maintaining the road surfaces, vegetation control in the road right of way ,winter snow and ice control and mechanics for the maintenance and repair of the trucks and equipment.
The County Engineer's Office is located in the ground floor of the courthouse and secondary road maintenance shops are located in Algona, Bancroft, Fenton, Lakota, Ledyard, Lone Rock, LuVerne, Swea City, Titonka, Wesley and West Bend.