The mission of the Washington State County Road Administration Board (CRAB) is to preserve and enhance the transportation infrastructure of the 39 Washington State Counties by providing standards of good practice, fair administration of funding programs, visionary leadership, and integrated, progressive, professional, and technical services.
CRAB was created by the Legislature in 1965 to provide statutory oversight of Washington's thirty-nine county road departments. The agency recieves funding from a portion of the counties' Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax (MVFT) withheld for state supervision, and from a small portion of the grant programs under CRAB's administration.
The responsibility to distribute the counties' portion of the Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax (MVFT) was transferred to CRAB in 1985. At that time the agency also became the custodian of the county road log, a database of almost 40,000 miles of roads and 3,300 bridges. The formula for the distribution of fuel tax revenues is updated biennially to reflect statewide changes in population, costs, and mileage.