Maintenance & Operations

Upcoming Road Work: Asphalt Paving May 29-31, 2018

Whatcom County scheduled the following roads for contracted asphalt paving beginning Tuesday, May 29th through Thursday, May 31st between the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M.

  • Brown Road (Kickerville Rd. to Malloy Rd.)
  • Olson Road (Vista Dr. to Mountain View Rd.)
  • Aldergrove Road (Kickerville Rd. to Church Rd.)
  • Vista Drive (Ferndale City Limits to Bruce Rd.)
  • Church Road (Brown Rd. to Aldergrove Rd.)

It is requested the public use alternate routes when possible as long delays can be expected.

This work is weather dependent and is subject to change.

Please direct questions to Whatcom County Public Works, Maintenance and Operations at (360) 778-6400.

CLICK HERE to view the notice.

Upcoming Road Work: Asphalt Paving May 21-25, 2018

Whatcom County scheduled the following roads for contracted asphalt paving beginning Monday, May 21st through Friday, May 25th between the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M.

  • Bay Road (Jackson to SR 548)
  • Olson Road (Vista to Mountain View)
  • Fox Road
  • Brown Road
  • North Star Road (Mountain View to Grandview)
  • Aldergrove Road (Kickerville to Church)
  • Church Road (Brown to Aldergrove)

It is requested the public use alternate routes when possible as long delays can be expected.

This work is weather dependent and is subject to change.

Please direct questions to Whatcom County Public Works, Maintenance and Operations at (360) 778-6400.

CLICK HERE to view the notice.

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.

See the 2018 Herbicide Program Notification for further information.

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 

Contact Us

  1. MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS

    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

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.

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.