Operations & Maintenance
Dave Schamp, Division Manager
The Roads and Bridges of Washington County
Washington County is a big place and keeping the transportation system functioning is a big job. Our territory ranges from near the summit of the Coast Range over to the West Hills of Portland and down to Wilsonville. Our boundaries border Multnomah, Clackamas, Yamhill, Tillamook and Columbia counties.
Our transportation infrastructure is as diverse as our land use. We maintain 100-foot wide concrete arterial roads used by 50,000 vehicles each day, 16-foot wide gravel roads used by 50 vehicles per day, and everything in between. Our transportation system is critical to commuters, emergency service providers, farmers, loggers, high tech industry, merchants, students and everyone else who lives, works or shops in Washington County.
Road and Bridge Maintenance
To keep our roads and bridges safe and functioning, we pave, patch and grade roads; cut back vegetation; repair bridges; install and repair pavement markings and traffic signs; and keep the water moving through culverts and ditches. An annual Road Maintenance Work Program is developed and approved by the Board of County Commissioners.
We sand and plow when snow and ice arrives, and close roads when flooding hits. Our staff is on call 24 hours a day to respond to malfunctioning traffic signals, downed trees, blocked culverts, and sink holes. Our Winter Road Operations plan identifies the priority response routes that are cleared first.
We also manage use of the public right-of-way, making sure the roadways are safe and protecting our investment in the transportation system. We issue ROW permits to folks who want to work in the road right-of-way, and we inspect the work they do to make sure it meets our requirements.
All work performed in our roadways by our crews, contractors, and others is guided by Washington County's Best Management Practices for Routine Road Maintenance. These practices minimize or avoid actions that may cause harm to endangered fish species, resource waters or wildlife habitats.
As a member of the Tualatin River Watershed Partners for Clean Water, we support public awareness and education activities that protect the Tualatin River Watershed.
Operations & Maintenance Contact Information
Phone: 503-846-ROAD (846-7623)
E-Mail: LUT Operations & Maintenance