Road crews are essential

Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, listed road maintenance and construction as essential infrastructure activities.

Crews use a vacuum truck to clean debris and standing water from a roadside drain. Cleaning out the drains help prevents them from flooding during rainy weather and
removing the solids from catch basins keeps dangerous pollutants out of fish bearing streams, protecting the health of our water systems.

“Our road maintenance crews keep roads and bridges in unincorporated King County safe and usable,” said Road Services Division Director Rick Brater.

“Delaying their work could cause immediate safety hazards as well as long-term deficiencies in the county’s road and bridge system. Catching up on delayed maintenance work in the future might be difficult or impossible, resulting in degraded road conditions and safety problems,” Brater said.

Delaying even routine maintenance tasks can have serious impacts on safety. Roadside mowing, for example, keeps vegetation from blocking visibility at intersections or driveways. Crews also keep areas safe and clear, and recently retrieved a discarded freezer from a roadside that could have posed a danger to curious neighborhood children, pedestrians, or other traffic.

Road Services is continuing to do its part to help reduce the spread of #COVID19, while actively protecting the health and safety of our workers and keeping our roads and bridges in unincorporated King County safe and usable.

Division One Roads Maintenance team observes social distancing.

Crews are following public health guidance while doing their work. They’re avoiding close contact with one another, typically driving one person per vehicle; using gloves as needed; and following enhanced cleaning practices for shared tools, equipment, and vehicles.

We ask the public to please stay clear of crews who are working on roadsides or in their vehicles. It’s important for their safety and yours to observe social distancing and allow at least six feet of distance if you need to speak to a maintenance worker.

Road Services maintenance crews performing snow removal work in Skykomish.

To learn more, visit the Road Services page.

Call us for help with road maintenance and traffic safety issues in unincorporated King County, such as downed stop signs, signals that are out, or trees over the roadway — 24 hours a day at our 24/7 Road Helpline 206-477-8100 or 1-800-527-6237 (1-800-KC-ROADS)

For latest COVID-19 related news, visit kingcounty.gov/covid.