Maintenance & Operations

Fog Seal Road List for the Week of July 15, 2019

Whatcom County Public Works will be performing Prelevel work on the roads listed HERE beginning July 15th and running through July 18th from 6:00 am until 8:00 pm. It is requested that the public use alternate routes when possible as long delays should be expected. Parking will not be allowed on any of the roads listed on the announcement for the duration of this project. This work is weather dependent and is subject to change. Please contact the Maintenance and Operations division at (360) 778-6400 if you have any questions regarding this work.

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.

The Whatcom County Maintenance and Operations Division has assembled answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the striping program. Please click HERE to view or print the full document.

To watch a video on the paint striping process and procedure, please click HERE.

Contact Us

  1. MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS

    901 W. Smith Road
    Bellingham, WA  98226
    (360) 778-6400
    Monday - Friday 7:00 am to 4:30 pm


    Andy Bowler, Superintendent
    Gina Miller,  Assistant Superintendent

Maintenance and Operations - Driving Directions

CLICK HERE to visit our Directions Page.

CLICK HERE to view a printable page with driving directions and instructions for obtaining free wood chips at the Central Shop.

CLICK HERE to view a printable page with driving directions and instructions for obtaining free wood chips in Birch Bay.

CLICK HERE to view a printable page with driving directions and instructions for obtaining free wood chips in Blaine.

CLICK HERE to view a printable page with driving directions and instructions for obtaining free wood chips in Sudden Valley.

2019 Prelevel and Chip Seal Roads

Whatcom County Public Works Maintenance and Operations plans to Prelevel and Chip Seal during the 2019 summer months. The lists of roads scheduled for this work are provided in the links noted below.

We anticipate that Prelevel work will start late June in the Point Roberts area and move to other areas within Whatcom County after that.

Chip Seal work will start the middle of July in the Point Roberts area and move to other areas after that.

Schedules and updates will be posted to this webpage at the beginning of and for the duration of this work.  Please remember that all work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change.

We request that the public use alternate routes when possible as long delays can be expected. 

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 

2019 Road Shoulder Herbicide Program to begin. 

The Whatcom County Public Works Department is beginning the year 2019 Road Shoulder Herbicide Program. Approximately 250 miles of roads are scheduled for seasonal treatment. Lawns and yard areas may have a minimum 12” wide strip treated to aid in drainage and minimize pavement damage.

See the Vegetation Management page for details.

See the 2019 Herbicide Program Notification for further information.

Chip Seal Program

  • Provides a bituminous surface treatment (BST).
  • Maintains and extends longevity.
  • Chip Seal acts as a key to many M&O maintenance activities.     
  • CLICK HERE to see an informational flyer explaining the Chip Seal Program.    

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.