General Road Maintenance

Raised pavement markers are typically installed on major and minor arterial roads at the direction of county transportation officials and only in urban areas because snow plows, used more extensively in rural areas, tend to scrape the markers from the road.

Due to tight budgets, the county has reduced its vegetation budget by about 50 percent. Every effort will be made to trim vegetation where it creates sight distance hazards or other problems. The county also has a limited budget for routine roadside mowing and will concentrate on arterial and collector roads.

Call Public Works’ customer service number, 564.397.2446, or fill out a road maintenance service request.

Domestic animals, such as dogs and cats, should be reported to Clark County Animal Control, 564.397.2488. Non-domestic animals, such as deer, should be reported to Clark County Public Works, 564.397.2446.

Public Works will create a service order and dispatch employees to evaluate the situation. Depending on their assessment, the location will be placed on the county’s ongoing maintenance list.

Because of budget cuts and staff reductions, both in maintenance personnel and offender work crews, the county has a limited ability to pick up litter. When receiving a litter request, the county will place it on the service list for attention as staff time and budget allows.

Street lights in residential developments are maintained by Clark Public Utilities 360.992.3000. Public Works maintains street lights at intersections with traffic signals.

The work is done as part of normal maintenance on an annual basis, usually April through November, weather permitting.

Public Works stripes approximately 1,230 lane miles per year. The county stripes most roads at least once a year and its major arterials in urban areas twice a year. Most work is typically done mid-April through October because of weather conditions, but the county can stripe roads year-round, even during freezing weather.

Street sweeping makes a community look clean and tidy. It also prevents dirt, debris and other contaminants from entering storm drains and reduces the harmful effects of stormwater pollution.

In the past, the county has tried to sweep residential streets every five to six weeks, but budget cuts have reduced the frequency of sweeping to the fall, winter and spring months. Residential streets are swept 3-4 times a year, typically during the daytime. Arterials are swept about once a month, typically during  the late afternoon or evening.

The county coordinates its sweeping schedule with garbage-recycling pickup to avoid conflicts.

More information is available on the street sweeping page.

Residents should never blow, rake, sweep or dump leaves or other yard debris into the street with the expectation that the material will be swept up. Not only has the frequency of street sweeping been reduced, but leaves can clog storm drains, creating flooding problems and traffic hazards. Instead, put leaves and other vegetation into yard debris carts for curbside pickup. Coupons are available during the fall for free leaf disposal at four drop-off locations.

Clark County Code 12.26, Sidewalk Maintenance and Repair, requires property owners to keep sidewalks abutting their property in "good order and repair." If a sidewalk needing repair is along county property, the work will be added to our repair list.

Paint is used to mark underground utilities, typically prior to some type of construction, with each color representing a different utility. State law, RCW 19.122.030(3), requires that underground utilities be marked prior to any excavation.  For a more information regarding the color coding,  visit APWA