Maintenance & Operations

Road Project Notice - Goshen Road

Whatcom County Public Works Department has scheduled a bridge repair project on the Goshen Road Bridge beginning Monday, April 22, 2019.

A one lane road closure will be in effect daily from 6:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday for approximately two weeks with a tentative project completion date of Friday, May 3, 2019. This project is expected to cause delays. Alternate routes are encouraged and flaggers will be in place for the duration of the project. As this project is weather dependent, the closure dates and/or times are subject to change.

This closure is in effect for ALL TRAFFIC, including emergency vehicles and school buses.

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

CLICK HERE to be linked to the Press Release.

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


    901 W. Smith Road
    Bellingham, WA  98226
    (360) 778-6400
    Monday - Friday 7:00 am to 4:30 pm

    Andy Bowler, 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.

2019 Road Shoulder Herbicide Program to begin. 

The Whatcom County Public Works Department is beginning the year 2019 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 2019 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.