General Information/FAQ

Q. What roads does the Clay County Highway Department maintain? 

A. The Highway Department is responsible for maintaining roads and streets in unincorporated Clay County.  Missouri highways with number or letter names, US highways and Interstate highways are maintained by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). All streets within city limits are maintained by that city.


Q. How is the Highway Department funded?

A. The Highway Department budget is limited to the funds allocated by the County Commission each year and to additional revenue received through MoDOT from state and federal funding. Commission funding is obtained through sales taxes in Clay County and the Highway Department also receives 1/3 of the Use Tax collected in Clay County. Additionally, the Road & Bridge tax collected in Clay County is partially allocated to cities and special road districts with the remainder allocated to the Highway Department.


Q. What is “right of way”? 

A. “Right of way” is the land on which a public road is built. In Clay County, the right of way usually extends 30’ to the left and right from the center of the road. In some subdivisions, the right of way distances may vary. Please check with the Highway Department about the right of way for specific locations. The Highway Department is responsible for maintaining the right of way as needed for traffic safety. This includes allowing utility easements.

In some cases, homeowners have extended their yards into the County right of way.  Highway Department personnel make every effort not to damage these areas, but the roadways and ditches must be maintained.  If it is necessary for County vehicles to be on private property, the Highway Department will contact the property owner to make the necessary arrangements.


Q. Where can I find Utility/Bore Permit information?

A. You can find that information on our Bore Permit quick page.


Q. Where can I submit a request for road maintenance or pothole repair?

A. Submit any road request here.


Q. Will the Highway Department pick up dead deer or other animals on County roads?

A. If a deer or other animal is on or near the roadway and is creating a traffic hazard, the Highway Department will move the carcass off the roadway. Since we have no way to dispose of the dead animal, we will not remove a carcass from the ditch.


Q. Will the Highway Department cut brush on County right of ways?  How often is mowing done?

A. If brush causes a visibility or maintenance hazard, the Highway Department will cut brush on the County right of ways.  Each mowing season, a full-time mowing crew mows all roadways.  Right of ways are mowed at least once each season and more often if possible.


Q. Who is responsible for cleaning out my driveway tube?

A. The property owner is responsible for maintaining the driveway tube. If a ditch is badly eroded, you may contact the Highway Department for assistance in repairing the erosion.


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Contact Us:

Highway Department

16616 NE 116th Street
Kearney, MO 64060
Phone: (816) 407-3300
Fax: (816) 407-3301