Maintenance & Operations

The 2018 Road Shoulder Herbicide Program to begin.

The Whatcom County Public Works Department is beginning the year 2018 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.

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 pre-level
  • Crack sealing
  • Snow and ice removal
  • Garbage pick-up
  • Dust control
  • Blading gravel roads
  • Cleaning and sweeping roadways
  • Shoulder work
  • Various pavement maintenance techniques

Contact Us


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

    Jeff Gollen, Superintendent
    Andy Bowler, Assistant Superintendent
    Gina Miller,  Assistant Superintendent

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.     
  • Why do we chip seal?  (Informational flyer)   



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

Use of Best Management Practices 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.