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About the Roads and Airports Department

Mission Statement 

The mission of the Roads and Airports Department is to preserve, operate, and enhance the County's expressways, unincorporated roads, and two general aviation airports in a safe, timely and cost-effective manner to meet the needs of the traveling public.​ 

The County's Roads and Airports Department, operates and maintains 62 miles of expressway and 635 miles of rural and urban roadways in unincorporated areas, including 23 miles of sound walls, 168 bridges, 39 miles of carpool lanes, 164 signalized intersections, 4,500 street lights, 25,000 regulatory signs, and 2,185 drain inlets.  It also operates and maintains the County's two general aviation airports at Reid-Hillview and San Martin  — comprised of 7 miles of runways and taxiways, 145 aircraft hangars, 648 open aircraft tie-down storage spaces.​​​

About Us

The Roads and Airports Department is primarily funded by state and federal gasoline taxes and a portion of these taxes is returned directly to the County in amounts determined by statutory formulas.   In addition to this funding, some of special road and infrastructure development projects are funded through grant programs.  The Airports​ Division of Roads and Airport Department, is funded through the Airport Enterprise Fund which consists of the revenue generated from aircraft storage revenue.   In addition to this funding, some special airport projects are funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Caltrans. 

 The Roads and Airports department is comprised of 4 divisions; Administration Services, Infrastructure Development, Road Maintenance and Airport Operations.  Each division plays a key role to provide the traveling public with safe County roads by ensuring that the County maintained roads and airports are well maintained and meet the increasing demand of all types of users who travel in the Santa Clara County Roads system. 
 
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DIVISION: 
​This division supports the entire Roads and Airports Department by providing support services in the area of administrative, personnel, grant coordination, information​ services, public relations, fiscal and budget. 
 
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT:
 
ROAD MAINTENACE DIVISION:
Road Maintenance Division is responsible for all county-owned roads, bridges and related infrastructure in the unincorporated area of Santa Clara County.  Our staff works 24/7 to provide a safe and reliable means of travel across the county road system.  The list below are few tasks of the many responsibilities​ the Road Maintenance division perform to keep the County roads safe;
  • maintenance and minor construction on the county bridges and roads,
  • responding to emergency request during storms, accidents, spills and natural disasters 
  • sub-grade repair, patching, maintenance paving, and chip sealing; ditch, culvert and water retention system cleaning and repair;
  • installation and maintenance of traffic control devices such as signs, striping, crosswalks, arrow, fences and guardrails
  • road closure, homeless encampment, illegal dumping cleanup, vegetation control and much more. 
 ​​Maintenance Yard location map​- This map shows our 3 maintenance yards and the areas they serve through out the Santa Clara County road system.  ​

AIRPORT OPERATIONS:

The Airports Division manages two general aviation reliever airports for Santa Clara County.  These two airports, Reid-Hillview and San Martin, are the gateway for non-commercial aviation in silicon valley and are available to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Airport staff manages the physical facilities that make up the airports, including the runways and taxiways, grounds, buildings, and aircraft parking areas.  Additional the staff will meet and greet visiting pilots, provides school tours, and rent aircraft parking spaces. 

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Last updated: 9/27/2017 10:05 AM