The Highway Department, as with other county departments, acts under the authority of the Richland County Board of Commissioners. An appointed county engineer serves as department head, while the day-to-day projects are conducted under the supervision of the road superintendent and bridge foreman. Our main office is located in the courthouse in Wahpeton, ND, while we have departmental shops located across the county, which you can view here.


The primary function of the Richland County Highway Department is to provide a safe and reliable highway system for the traveling public by maintaining and constructing roadways and bridges within the county.

These roadways and bridges create a vital link from farms to market, homes to work, school and shopping, routes for mail and emergency services, and accesses to recreational opportunities.


The highway department is responsible for the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of highways on the county highway system and bridges on the county and township highway systems.


Richland County Engineer                                                                                                           

Jesse Sedler

The main highway office is currently under construction due to the HVAC project in the Courthouse. Please call ahead to ensure staff is available to help you.

Courthouse – Lower Level
418 2nd Ave. N
Wahpeton, ND 58075

Phone: 701-642-7810
Fax: 701-642-7824:

Main Office Hours:
Mon.-Fri. 8 AM-5 PM

610 Main Ave N
Hankinson, ND 58041

Phone: 701-242-7626
Fax: 701-242-0002

Shop Hours:Summer
Mon.-Thurs. 7:00 AM-5:30 PM

Shop Hours:Winter
Mon.-Fri. 7:00 AM-3:30 PM


Richland County Transportation permits are now online through LoadPass permits. There are Townships participating in the LoadPass program as well, so please be sure to include all roads in Richland County when completing route information. 


North Dakota State Highway permits are not valid on Richland County roads and vice versa.

Richland County Spring Load Restrictions went into effect at 6:00AM on Monday, March 11, 2024. 

For updates on road restrictions via e-mail please request at infohwy@co.richland.nd.us.

Utility Permit

Right-Of-Way Permit

An application for Drainage Work within County Road Right-Of-Way must be filled out for any work performed in Richland County Right-of-Way (Ditch Cleaning, Tile Outlet/Mtc., Driveway Installation, Culvert Installation, etc.)
Please contact the Richland County Highway Department Main Office for an application.

Snow and Ice Control Policy