Public Works Divisions
As the largest department in Snohomish County government, Public Works has approximately 617 full-time positions. Most of our work is performed in unincorporated areas, but some projects are done cooperatively with individual cities and agencies. The department is divided into six divisions:
Keeps it all moving! Handles personnel, employment, contract administration, paying bills, preparing budgets, rate analysis, grant billings and computer support.
Handles management and transfer of the county's waste at three transfer stations, three drop box locations, and one household hazardous waste facility. Special programs focus on recycling, waste prevention, and handling special wastes.
Maintains water quality programs and protects fish and wildlife habitat. Designs and oversees construction of drainage projects. Responds to public drainage complaints. Works with the public to inform and educate about protection, restoration and care of our watersheds.
Designs and oversees private contractors for construction of roads and bridges. Handles survey, right-of-way, testing materials, and mapping.
Plans and prioritizes the county’s road activities and obtains funding for projects. Performs environmental reviews and obtains complex permits from local, state and federal regulatory agencies for capital improvement projects. Conducts wetland delineations and maintains wetland mitigation sites. Keeps the general public and other agencies informed of public works projects. Analyzes development plans for transportation impacts, performs traffic engineering and maintains traffic signals.
Maintains 1,650 miles of roads and 200 county bridges. Provides road, street and bridge maintenance services to other agencies. Constructs small capital projects. Responds to weather emergencies providing services such as snow plowing, urban flood control, storm cleanup and emergency road closures.