Maintenance & Operations

  1. Pre-Level Road Work Starts May 17, Drivers Should Expect Delays

    Expect delays on Douglas and Olson roads, and in Sandy Point Heights, starting the week of May 17 for road repairs. Read on...
  2. Two Week Closure of Valley View Road May 17-28 for Bridge Repair

    The Whatcom County Public Works Department will close Valley View Road between Creasey Road and Arnie Road from 7am on Monday, May 17, through 4pm on Friday, May 28, for a bridge deck re-setting. Detour routes will be in place throughout the road closure. Read on...
  3. Burk Road Closure May 3-4 for Culvert Replacement

    The Whatcom County Public Works Department will close Burk Road between Sunrise Road and Delta Line Road from 7:00 am on Monday, May 3, through 5:00 pm on Tuesday, May 4, for a culvert replacement project. Read on...
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Roadway Maintenance

Whatcom County Maintenance and Operations maintains approximately 940 miles of the county road system by preventing, reducing, or restoring deterioration of the roadway infrastructure through road surface and roadway structure management. Work items include:

  • Surface Patching
  • Depth Patching
  • Chip Seal
  • Asphalt Prelevel
  • Crack Sealing
  • Snow and Ice Removal
  • Garbage Pick-Up
  • Dust Control
  • Blading Gravel Roads
  • Cleaning and Sweeping Roadways
  • Shoulder Work
  • Various Pavement Maintenance Techniques 

Chip Seal Program

Chip Seal (also called seal coating, or Bituminous Surface Treatment) is the application of a special protective wearing surface to an existing pavement.

Fog Seal Program

Fog Sealing is a road treatment that is applied following Chip Seal treatment that protects the roadway from wear and extends the life of roads throughout Whatcom County. 

Roadway Striping - Frequently Asked Questions

Every year Whatcom County re-stripes over 1,300 lane miles of county roadway. This fresh coat of reflective paint enables drivers to more clearly see their lane of travel during dark or rainy conditions.

Shoulder Maintenance & Rehabilitation  

  • An intricate part of road maintenance coordinating with other projects.
  • Provides shoulder stability and a smooth transition from the road surface.

Environmental Protection

Whatcom County uses Best Management Practices to protect habitat, waterways, and drinking water sources.  

  • Sweeping and cleaning the roadway improves traction for vehicles and for bicycle passage on paved shoulder areas as well as eliminating material migrating to sensitive areas.
  • Tons of snow and ice are removed from county roads during winter storm events.
  • A chemical anti-icing program has been initiated to lower the use of salt/sand mix, especially in watersheds.
  • Maintenance activities and budgets are continually reviewed with attention to the changing regulatory environment.
  • The ESA and the Clean Water Act are factors in long-range planning goals.

Contact Us

    Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

    (360) 778-6400
    Submit an Online Maintenance Request

    901 W. Smith Road
    Bellingham, WA  98226

    Andy Bowler, Superintendent
    Gina Miller, Assistant Superintendent
    Michael Koenen, Assistant Superintendent

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