Road and Bridge



1. Bids – Submit sealed bids to Stillwater County Finance for the purchase of one (1) used Asphalt Zipper with trailer.  The sealed bids will be for the listed equipment only, as a package, and no bids will be accepted on individual components. Sealed bids are required to be in hand by the Stillwater County Finance Department, on or before the October 1, 2018, 4:00 p.m. deadline.  Bids will be opened and read aloud at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, in the first-floor meeting room of the Stillwater County Courthouse at 400 E 3rd Ave N, Columbus, MT. All sealed bids must be clearly marked “SEALED BID, ASPHALT ZIPPER.”

Minimum bid $70,000.00

Bids may be delivered to:
Joe Morse, Finance Specialist
400 East 3rd Avenue North
Second Floor of the Courthouse in the Northwest corner. 
Columbus, MT 59019

Bids may be mailed to:
Joe Morse, Finance Specialist
PO Box 795
Columbus, MT, 59019

2. Sealed bid – 2012 wheel loader bucket-mount Asphalt Zipper, Model AZ600B, 4.6 hours, on a 2012 Williams Ocean, model X001801, transport trailer.  Water tank/mount for the rear of a loader is included.  Engine is a 6.7L 6BT Cummins 203 HP Intercooled Turbo Diesel.  Excellent condition. 

Photos and the required Sealed Bid Form can be found at or by clicking HERE

3. Pre-bid inspection – items will be available for inspection at the Stillwater County Road & Bridge Department by appointment.  To schedule an appointment, please contact the Road & Bridge Department at (406) 322-5335, Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

4. Claim – The successful bidder shall make full payment with cash or cashier’s check made payable to Stillwater County Road & Bridge, and shall arrange to pick-up their item within 10 business days from date of Notice of Award. 

Spring Creek Road, from the North Stillwater Road to Hwy 420 (Stillwater River Road) will be closed due to the Spring Creek Bridge Replacement Project.  The project will start on or about July 30, 2018 and should be completed by October 31, 2018, weather permitting.  Traffic will be detoured to the Miller Road Bridge.  Sorry for the inconvenience of the road closure and thanks in advance for your cooperation.  For further information, contact the Stillwater County Road & Bridge Department at 322-5335.


Rock Slide project is complete.  The road is now open and thank you all for your patience through this process. 

10 Tips for Driving Safely in Road Construction Zones
By Herb Moring Jul 12, 2016

Summer road construction season is here, and truck drivers and motorists alike need to be prepared. Whether you’ve been driving for decades or got your driver’s license last week, the tips below are important reminders to make sure you and road construction workers get home safely.

  1. Expect the unexpected in road construction zones:  Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed and people and vehicles may be working on or near the road.
  2. Slow down, be alert and pay attention to the signs:  Diamond-shaped orange warning signs are generally posted in advance of road construction projects.
  3. Comply with the directions given by the flagger:  Stay alert and be prepared to obey the flagger’s directions. In a construction zone, a flagger has the same authority as a regulatory sign, so you can be cited for disobeying his or her directions.
  4. Be patient in road construction zones:  Construction zones aren’t there to personally inconvenience you. They’re necessary to improve the roads for everyone. Each state has numerous construction sites in progress.
  5. Use the “Take 10” technique to change lanes:  Flashing arrow panels or “lane closed ahead” signs mean you need to merge as soon as safely possible. Don’t zoom right up to the lane closure and then try to barge in. If everyone cooperates, traffic moves more efficiently. The “Take 10” technique involves putting on your turn signal at least three seconds before starting a lane change and using at least seven seconds to complete the lane change, looking at your mirrors throughout.
  6. Slow down — don’t drive too fast for conditions:  A truck traveling at 60 mph travels 88 feet per second. If you’re going 60 and you pass a sign that says “Road Work 1,500 feet,” you’ll be in that work zone in 17 seconds.
  7. Drive defensively — don’t follow too close:  The most common crash in a highway work zone is the rear-end collision. Remember to leave seven seconds of braking distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Most rear-end accidents occur because of following too close and traveling too fast for conditions.
  8. Keep using defensive driving techniques to save lives:  Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and traffic barriers, construction equipment and construction workers. Just like you, highway workers want to return home safely after each day’s work.
  9. Obey the posted signs until you see the ones that say you’ve left the work zone:  Some work zones — like line painting, road patching and mowing — are mobile, moving down the road as the work is finished. Just because you don’t see the workers immediately after you see the warning sign doesn’t mean they’re not out there.
  10. Expect delays: plan for them and leave early to reach your destination on time:  Plan ahead, stay alert and stay safe so you get home safely

Staff Members

Mark Schreiner
Road Superintendent
Randy Werdal
Road Foreman
Cody Brumfield
Shop Supervisor
Gail Molyneaux
Administrative Support
Piney Helmuth
Administrative Support

Question:  I’m located outside of the City of Columbus and I want to close down a road for an event .  What do I need to do?
Answer:  You will need to file for an Application for Temporary Street/Road Closure with the Road and Bridge Department.

Question:  When will my road get plowed?
Answer:  Please refer to the Stillwater County Road and Bridge Snow Removal Plan.