Maintenance & Operations

Road Closure Notification

The Whatcom County Public Works Department will close Custer School Road between Birch Bay Lynden Road and Behme Road from 7:00 am until 4:00 pm on Tuesday, August 14th for a culvert installation project. As this project is weather dependent, the closure dates and times are subject to change.

This closure is in effect for ALL TRAFFIC, including emergency vehicles and school buses. Detour routes will be in place throughout the road closure.

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

CLICK HERE to view the full Closure Notification.

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

Road Striping Notification

Whatcom County Public Works has scheduled East and West Smith Road for striping on Monday, August 13th and Tuesday, August 14th between the hours of 6:00 am and 6:00 pm. It is requested that the public use alternate routes when possible as long delays can be expected. It is additionally requested that any vehicles parked along East or West Smith Road or in the right-of-way be moved before 6:00 am on both scheduled dates.

This work is weather dependent and is subject to change. 

Please contact the Maintenance and Operations division at 360-778-6400 if you have any questions regarding this work.

CLICK HERE to view the published notice.

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.

Fog Seal Notification

Whatcom County has scheduled the following roads for Fog Sealing beginning Monday, August 20th and running through Thursday, August 23rd between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

  • Aldergrove Road
  • Alderson Road
  • Bay Road
  • Brown Road
  • Gadwa Road
  • Grandview Place
  • Grandview Road
  • Newkirk Road
  • Pemberton Place
  • Petticote Drive
  • Petticote Lane
  • Road #22370
  • Road #22380
  • Whitehorn Way

It is requested that the public use alternate routes when possible as long delays can be expected. It is additionally requested that any vehicles parked along the above listed roads or in the right-of-way be moved before 6:00 am on all days when Fog Sealing is scheduled.

This work is weather dependent and is subject to change.

Please contact the Maintenance and Operations division at (360) 778-6400 if you have any questions regarding this work.

CLICK HERE to view the notification.

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 

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.

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.