County road maintenance programs form a significant portion of county operations. For 2009, the 39 counties of Washington State have budgeted approximately $354 million for maintenance and preservation of the approximately 40,000 centerline miles of county roads. This budget also addresses the needs for maintenance and preservation of over 3,200 bridges and various road features including signs, ditches, culverts, guardrails and roadsides. This budget represents 30-50% of total county road department expenditure and road maintenance employees often form one of the largest employee groups in the county. County maintenance and preservation activities vary as counties address varying traffic, environmental and population characteristics across the state.
A Standard of Good Practice for Maintenance Management has been codified under Washington Administrative Code 136-11. Implementation of this rule was completed in December 2007. Maintenance Management is based upon the application of management principles to public works maintenance operations.
See Maintenance Management for more information.
Please direct any questions or comments to MMS@CRAB. 360.753.5989