ELP Bronze Achiever - Jefferson County Road & Bridge

Jefferson County Road & Bridge
Jefferson County
Fuel Usage Analysis
Jefferson County Road & Bridge (R&B) began a division-wide project to analyze fuel usage and identify ways to foster an environment of employee awareness to reduce fuel costs. R&B employees helped identify four key issues; reduce idle time, driving behaviors, tire pressure checks and education. Weekly employee meetings were held at each of the four district shops to promote employee’s engagement in the project. Project poster boards were displayed in break rooms and updated weekly. The fuel usage data collection was provided by the Fleet Division. This information was compiled through the Jefferson County Fleet Fuel System, requiring an employee to enter the truck current meter reading and the amount of fuel placed into the truck during each fueling. Data collected was added to the project poster boards.  
The second and third measuring tools were reducing the idle time and analyzing driver behaviors, which are recorded by a GPS system placed in each truck. GPS data on Idle time reports and driver behaviors such as speeding were collected weekly, organized into graphs, and displayed in each break room. Employees were responsible for checking the tire pressure of all tires on each dump truck in the system. A sign-off sheet with each truck number was placed on the poster board and allowed the truck driver one work week to document via signature and tire pressure measurement when the tire pressure check was completed. Weekly meetings were attended by all employees, and the data was analyzed and discussed. These brainstorming sessions were very helpful in educating each employee and keeping them engaged in the project. This project has had a positive long-term effect on the entire Road & Bridge Division. Employee engagement in this project has given empowerment and ownership in trying to help decrease fuel costs by being aware of idle times, driving behavior, tire pressure and educating one another.
Through fuel usage analysis and education involving the entire Road & Bridge team, R&B estimated a cost savings of over $59,000. The success of this project will contribute to fuel cost savings for years to come.
Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) Program
Jefferson County Road & Bridge Division is committed to using recycled materials where possible in road projects to reduce the impact of non-renewable resources. In 2008, R&B analyzed the cost difference between contracted asphalt milling operations versus purchasing a milling machine. The 2008 overlay milling contract was $532,300, not including asphalt patching requirements. The cost of a new milling machine was $361,729and would allow R&B to increase the amount of asphalt patching throughout the county and provide versatility. The initial investment of purchasing a milling machine resulted in a cost savings of  $170,571. Since then R&B purchased a second milling machine which has resulted in additional cost savings of $350,000 allowing R&B to reuse, recycle and reclaim asphalt millings on the county's gravel road network.
Recycled millings are 100% green. Road & Bridge has reduced gravel road maintenance costs by screening removed millings from the roadway during asphalt milling operations and applying millings to gravel roads. This process has reduced the number of gravel materials previously purchased by R&B. R&B also accepts asphalt millings from other local municipalities, which saves on hauling costs and increases gravel road materials for the Road & Bridge Division.
Reusing, recycling and reclaiming asphalt millings save Jefferson County $7.02 per ton of gravel road material. In 2017, this operation saved Jefferson County $350,000.
Jefferson Counties Slash Program
Jefferson County hosts a yearly slash program, in which citizens may drop off their slash on weekends at various locations from June through October. This program helps to reduce wildfire danger and protection of personal property. 
Keeping debris cleared and thinning out trees is vital to forest health. Jefferson County forests evolved with fire. Fire cleared out dead, diseased, or dying trees to make way for younger healthier trees. However, with humans moving into forested areas, we must now help Mother Nature and thin out our forests to decrease the spread of disease, beetles, and other pests – and most importantly, reduce the potential for devastating wildfires.
Storm Water Quality
Jefferson County is responsible for the storm water quality that drains from the property into our storm sewer system and discharges to state waters.  As part of the Storm Water Phase II Regulations, Jefferson County was required to apply to the State of Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit.  The five-year permit was granted to Jefferson County in March 2003.  Under this permit, Jefferson County is mandated to improve the quality of storm water.
Jefferson County is required to implement six minimum control measures over the permit period, which includes:
  • Public Education and Outreach
  • Public Participation and Involvement
  • Illicit Discharge and Elimination
  • Construction Site Runoff Control
  • Post Construction Site Runoff Control
  • Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping
Water Quality Permitting
To comply with state and federal clean water guidelines, Jefferson County Road & Bridge works closely with our water quality consultants Souder, Miller & Associates to monitor construction water discharges. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment administers dewatering permits and identifies drainage basins and their receiving waters to establish key water quality measurements. Road & Bridge uses best management practices to ensure possible contaminants are controlled at the source. Through these efforts, necessary roadway and drainage construction are completed in an environmentally conscious manner.
Adopt-A-Road Litter Control Program
Jefferson County Road and Bridge Division oversees the Adopt-A-Road Litter Control Program.  The program allows citizens and organizations to actively promote civic responsibility, community pride, and camaraderie by keeping the road network clean and increasing public awareness about litter control.  The mission is to maintain a safe, clean and sustainable road network.  The program requires a two-year commitment and two litter pickups each year.  Jefferson County provides participants with orange safety vests, trash bags and bagged trash pickups.  The county will place a sign, featuring the participating group’s name, at each end of the adopted roadway segment.  A hinged warning sign is installed to alert motorists that a litter pickup is in progress.  Volunteers that have adopted roadways include churches, scout troops, employee associations, retired employee associations, nonprofits, service clubs, families and individuals.  The county has a total of 153 adopted segments and 37 available segments.