Each year Whatcom County Public Works selects roadways for preventative maintenance known as bituminous surface treatment, or commonly known as chip sealing. Most areas are selected on a rotating 10-12 year cycle. Roadways in the eastern and southern areas of Whatcom are scheduled for chip seal work this summer beginning the week of July 10th. This work is weather dependent and is subject to change.
This summer Public Works will chip seal approximately 65 miles of Whatcom County roads. This program has substantial benefits for local roadways and the drivers who use them, including:
Tips for drivers during chip seal work:
Citizens can learn more about Whatcom County Public Work’s chip seal program on the Public Works Chip Seal Program webpage. Roads scheduled for chip seal during 2023 are marked on the County Travel Planner. An updated list of what roads are scheduled for chip seal will be published weekly on the Maintenance and Operations Road Closures & Restrictions page, and citizens can sign up for text and email notifications for road closures & restrictions throughout Whatcom County.