Road crews are essential
In his "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order, Governor Jay Inslee listed road maintenance and construction as essential infrastructure activities.
Why are road maintenance crews essential?
Road maintenance crews keep roads and bridges in unincorporated King County safe and usable.
What happens when work is delayed or not completed?
Delaying even routine maintenance tasks can have serious impacts on safety and could make it more difficult to keep our roads and bridges in good working order in the future.
What are road crews doing to stay safe on the job?
Our 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.
What can the public do to help keep crews safe?
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.
Examples of our essential work
Maintaining clear, unobstructed sightlines and usable road shoulders
- Trimming roadside vegetation to maintain clear sightlines and ensure road shoulders are usable for pedestrians or vehicles that need to pull over
- Removing downed trees or hazardous tree limbs
Repairing and maintaining traffic signals and signs
- A downed stop sign or malfunctioning traffic signal could at best slow traffic and at worst cause traffic collisions
- A dirty traffic safety sign may not be reflective enough to be visible to travelers at night
Removing hazards such as items that fall from vehicles or are illegally dumped
- A discarded freezer our crews recently retrieved from a roadside could have posed a danger to curious neighborhood children
Repairing or replacing damaged guardrail
- To prevent run-off-the-road injuries
Repairing pavement defects
- Such as large potholes or cracks in the road surface