A rural road department [in Benton County, Oregon] that maintains 5,000 bridges and culverts maximizes taxpayer dollars. ….Lack of funding and design options delayed replacement. However, today the creek crossing is safe for both humans and wildlife, thanks to the county’s public works department. Fewer than 25 employees saved taxpayers more than 60% by self-performing permitting, design, and construction of a new, environmentally beneficial crossing. The project is an excellent example of a key department philosophy: The most cost-effective way to address transportation infrastructure needs is to staff up with skilled labor and do the work in-house. Public works director Josh Wheeler believes his team’s do-it-yourself approach is a valuable model for agencies that lack the staffing resources to chase outside funding…..