Road & Bridge

The primary function of the Road and Bridge Department is maintenance and ensuring the safety of all Roads and Bridges in the county Road District.

Owyhee County Road and Bridge District #1

District #1 has two shops, one in Murphy, and one in Pleasant Valley. The Murphy shop has a staff of three people.

During winter conditions, they keep all bus routes plowed and sanded, the bus routes will be done first and then the roads in the valley will be next. When weather permits, they grade roads and haul gravel. They also do any major equipment repairs in the winter. During the winter, all high mountain roads are closed due to snow. The Silver City road will be opened by Memorial Day Weekend each year.

The second shop is in Pleasant Valley. This shop is located six miles southeast of Jordan Valley, Oregon on the South Mountain Road. The winter conditions in Pleasant Valley keep some of the upper roads closed until spring. We have one employee at the Pleasant Valley shop. He keeps the bus routes open and keeps the roads graded when weather conditions permit.

Owyhee County Road District also does all of our own seal coating. We have a chip spreader and pneumatic roller and we will do between 20 to 30 miles of seal coating most years.


We are current planning to do some more asphalt on the Silver City Road. We have two bridges scheduled for replacement this summer. Every year we schedule a two-week gravel hauling project for the Pleasant Valley shop.


Murphy shop has 2  Road Graders, 1 Dump Truck with Pup Trailer, 1 Semi Tractor with a Belly Dump, Low Boy Trailer and Water Trailer, 1 Backhoe, 1 Loader, 1 Steel Drum Roller, 1 Broom and a Weed Mower. At pleasant Valley shop we have 2 Road Graders, 2 Dump Trucks with Pup Trailers, 1 Water Truck, 1 Snow Plow and Sander Truck and 1 Loader. Equipment can be moved to different areas as needed from either shop.


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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 128
Murphy, ID 83650

Monday – Thursday
6:30am – 5:00pm

Emergency Phone: 208-495-1154

Road Supervisor, District #1
Phil Rittenhouse
Phone: 208-495-1170

Road Supervisor, District #3
Travis Jewett
Phone: 208-834-2012

Shop Phone Numbers:
Murphy (District #1): 208-495-1170
Pleasant Valley (District #1): 208-583-2536
Bruneau (District #3): 208-845-2746
Grand View (District #3): 208-834-2012