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Desk Reference Manual

Current Edition

The June 2023 edition of the Desk Reference Manual can be found here (96 page PDF). The June 2023 edition replaces the May 2021 Desk Reference.

Introduction and Intended Usage

The County Road Administration Board continues to develop resource materials to support the work performed within the Office of the County Engineer. Work on these resources is an ongoing CRAB effort in order to provide both current information as well as develop new resources as legal and technical issues arise.

The County Engineer’s and Public Works Director’s Desk Reference is intended primarily for use by individuals already possessing a working knowledge of counties and county road issues. Most of the covered topics include only basic information that may not eliminate the need for additional research.

While printing a hard-copy of the Desk Reference will provide the reader with a useful reference document, it has been designed to be used primarily as a computer “desktop” electronic document. When opened on a computer that is also connected to the internet, the embedded hot-links provide immediate access to supplemental internet resources. The goal is to provide a tool that simplifies research.

We Want Your Feedback and Recommendations

We welcome comments and recommendations that improve content, accuracy, and clarity!

We especially appreciate your assistance in identifying any “broken” hot-links that you may come across during use of the Desk Manual. Any questions about or requests for the inclusion of additional topics should be directed to through our Contact Us form.