Darin A. Koelm P.E.
Clay Co. Highway Engineer
Clay Co. Highway Dept.
14464 Highway 45 South
Louisville, IL 62858
Phone: (618)-665-3346
Fax: (618)-665-3347
Hours of Operation:
Mon. – Fri.
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(see “Holiday Schedule”)

Clay County Highway Department is responsible for the maintenance of 127 miles of designated county highways. In addition to county roads, the Department also assists its twelve townships with maintenance of 695 miles of designated township roads. The Department also provides engineering services and administers Township Motor Fuel Tax Funds and Township Bridge Program Funds for the twelve township road districts in Clay County. Clay County Highway Department is also responsible for inspection, rehabilitation, replacement and maintenance of 29 county bridges and 102 township bridges over 20 feet in length. The Department supervises the design and replacement of 2-4 bridges each year.


Surveyor / Engineering Technician – Craig Clifton PLS

Office Administrator – Lee Ann Stanford

Maintenance Foreman / Engineering Technician – Clayton Parks

Maintainer / Operator – Randy Payne

Maintainer / Operator – Jeff Smith

Maintainer / Operator- Brent  Erwin


Winter has arrived!! Our plow trucks and drivers will be on the roads during storm events.  Here are a few tips to keep you safe around snow removal equipment:

  • DO NOT CROWD THE PLOW: MAINTAIN SAFE DISTANCE. Snowplows are large and operators cannot see directly behind the truck.
  • SLOW DOWN WHEN YOU SEE A SNOW PLOW. Snow plows travel at a slower speed;  the most common crashes are motorists hitting the rear end of the plow. Stay alert and watch for a plow’s amber lights.
  • DO NOT PASS PLOW ON RIGHT. Plows push snow to the right shoulder.
  • DO NOT PASS IN A SNOW CLOUD. Be sure the road ahead is clear of vehicles or snowdrifts before attempting to pass on the left. A snow cloud could be caused by crosswinds or by a snowplow, so be patient.
  • REMEMBER: PLOWS DO MORE THAN PLOW. Plow trucks also spread salt, sand and deicing agents may spray your car. Maintain a safe distance between your car and the snowplow and be extremely cautious when passing on the left. Remember  – do NOT pass a snow plow on the right.

Road conditions can change rapidly during winter precipitation.  Drive carefully and cautiously during the winter months.  Be prepared before a winter weather event.  Here are a few winter roadway safety tips:

  • Do not let your gas tank fall below half full.
  • Make sure your vehicle is working properly including wiper blades, washer fluid, braking system, coolant levels, fuel system treatment, tire pressure, etc.
  • Keep blankets, gloves, hats, extra medication, water and snacks in your vehicle.
  • A small shovel and cat litter for traction can help you get out of slick spots.
  • Make sure your cell phone is charged and working.
  • Let someone know your route and schedule.
  • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.
  • Know where you are at all times.  If you have an emergency, make sure you can describe your location to emergency personnel.
  • For more information visit or Red Cross


Seasonal reduced weight limits are currently in effect. Legal loads will be allowed Friday February 16th through the end of Saturday February 17th for all roads included in the county highway system with seasonal weight limit signs.  If there is not a seasonal weight limit sign, legal loads are allowed.  This weight limit applies only to the county highways.  Weight limit restrictions may be in place on township roads.  Please contact the respective township road commissioner.

 Load limits may be in affect at various times during the winter season.  Please tune to WNOI and to this website for load limit information.  The highway department would like to keep the roads open as much as possible.  PLEASE respect the load limits when they are in affect.  Damaging the roads with heavy loads not only costs taxpayer money but it also affects your neighbors and fellow Clay county residents.  Please be kind and respect the load limits.

For weight limits on township roads, please contact the respective Road Commissioners.


  • Bible Grove – Cory Wendling
  • Blair – Ronald Kincaid
  • Clay City – Kevin R. Henry
  • Harter – James Tackitt
  • Hoosier – Terry Hildebrand
  • Larkinsburg – Eric L. Bailey
  • Louisville – Matt Byers
  • Oskaloosa – Steve McKnelly
  • Pixley – David Rauch
  • Songer – Darrell Allen
  • Stanford – Tom R. Leak
  • Xenia – Mike Burdine

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