County has 2,180 square mile area by administering the management
of 974 county road miles and 151 county bridges. Engineering
responds to requests from several of the small towns and cities
within the Whatcom County area.
The Administration section of Engineering also processes Road
Vacations. Whatcom County Council approves or denies vacations
and abandonments. This process allows landowners the opportunity
to remove unused portions of county road right-of-way from the
county's infrastructure and return it to private property.
Road Closures provide the opportunity to repair county roads by
either the county road crew or a private contractor. By closing
a roadway, the construction process can proceed smoothly, with
the least amount of interruption, and provide the most safety
to the public. Road Restrictions are in place to provide this
same protection to the public by forbidding overweight vehicles
passage on roadways that are under stress from the weather. Heavy
truck traffic can damage roadways.
Engineering Administration prepares, updates, and submits the Six-Year
Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to the Washington
Department of Transportation. This program provides the public
with an overview of where the county is going with their road
program, what the long-range road improvement plan is, and how
spending of their tax dollars occurs.
Administration's records and maps provide information
about survey monumentation, right-of-way
widths, road packets and deeds, short plats, long plats, binding
site plans, records of survey,
Design/Construction, Development standards, and Traffic sections.