Operations Division: Road Maintenance
County Engineer: Paul A. Randall-Grutter P.E.
Operations Division Manager: Andy Shaw
Most road work can only be done when the weather is dry and warm. Road activity mainly revolves around the Chip Sealing Program, which is the resurfacing of the roadway. In Skagit County, we try to resurface a road every 7 years. This seems to keep the maintenance down and the potholes at bay. Work starts in the early spring, after the winter freeze and thaw cycles. At that time of year, road supervisors are in the field, analyzing which roads will need to be resurfaced. There is some prep work before the actual chip sealing can occur.
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Routine maintenance not requiring dry, warm weather is done during the winter season. These activities are drainage maintenance, tree trimming, brush cutting, sign maintenance, guardrail repair, shoulder maintenance and pot hole patching. We also respond to emergencies brought on by winter storms. These might include sanding icy roads, plowing snow and cleaning up after windstorms and rainstorms.