Whatcom County Maintenance and Operations Traffic Section maintain and install the appropriate traffic control devices following the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) requirements.
Our striping crew stripes approximately 1800 lane miles of road yearly using environmentally friendly water-based paint. The crew also installs raised pavement markers and thermoplastic markings such as stop bars, arrows and railroad crossing markings.
Our traffic operations also includes a sign crew that works year round maintaining the county's approximately 14,700 signs. A visual inspection of each sign occurs monthly to evaluate its general condition and once a year at night for reflectivity. The sign crew also constructs new signs, reviews new sign plans for developments and construction zones, and installs decals on fleet vehicles. Personnel are on call 24-hours a day to close roads for emergencies such as car accidents, hazardous material spills, and flooding.