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Road Department Topics:

Road Department 
Joe O'Neal, Road Manager

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 998
Pascagoula, MS 39568
Mon-Fri, 7am - 3:30pm

NOTE: Board of Supervisors districts are different than the Road Divisions. 
Click here to locate your BOS District.
Road Division Locations and Contacts:

Countywide Roads
Dora Reed, Road Administrator
Charles Browning, Special Projects Coord.
Jonathan Baum, Special Projects Coord.

8500 Jim Ramsay Road, Vancleave
Phone: 228.826.2547
Fax: 228.826.5918

West Road Division

Paul Cates, Superintendent
6900 N. Washington Avenue
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Phone: 228.875.4545
Fax: 228.872.2087

East Road Division

Jonathan Smith, Superintendent
10825 Highway 63, Moss Point, MS 39562
Phone: 228.475.2219
Fax: 228.475.0626 

Central Road Division 
Dan Murphy, Superintendent 
8500 Jim Ramsay Road, Vancleave
Phone: 228.826.5921
Fax: 228.826.5416

Road department

 JC Road Dept

The Jackson County Road Department is in a never ending road race to maintain, replace, or build new road ways throughout the County.  On average, the Road Department paves 25-30 miles of road way and replaces 7-10 bridges a year. 

The Jackson County Road Department is directed by the Road Manager. For efficiency, the road department operates three divisions, West, Central and East, each managed by a superintendent. The Responsibilities of the Road Department include:
•    Street repairs
•    Maintains drainage
•    Mows roadways during the growing seasons
•    Road construction projects, of limited size
NOTE: The Road Department is not responsible for picking up rubbish.  This service is handled with limited capabilities by the Solid Waste Department.

Click Here to Download the Four Year Road Plan (pdf)

Road Manager Duties

Work Section 65-17-1 of the Mississippi Code

MS Code 65-17-1 establishes the County Road Department, discusses the employment of a county road manager, and prescribes the duties and powers of the county road manager. All counties operating under the county-wide system of road administration, or unit system, are required to appoint a road manager and operate a centralized county-wide road department. 
In unit system counties, the Board of Supervisors is required to adopt general policies concerning the administration of the county road department. Those policies and procedures are administered by the County Road Manager.

The Road Manager, subject to approval of the Board of Supervisors, 

  • Should be experienced and knowledgeable in the areas of construction and maintenance of roads and bridges
  • May hire assistants and employees necessary to maintain the county road system. 
  • Has full supervision of personnel engaged in the work of the road department. 
  • Has the authority to purchase or lease the necessary equipment and materials for operation of the road department as long as it conforms with the county budget. 
  • Must comply with all central purchase laws and all purchases are subject to approval by the board.

The Board of Supervisors may supersede any decision made by the Road Manager by a majority vote. However, any change or modification of a decision should not constitute a breach of contract. The Road Manager can be removed from office at any time by a majority vote of the Board of Supervisors.