Public Works

Road Maintenance

Maintenance District Information

 

SEASONAL WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS:

Seasonal weight restrictions remain on White River, Little Wenatchee and Cedar Brae roads in the Leavenworth District. Freight haulers are asked to watch the Traffic Alerts and Restrictions page to keep up on additional restrictions throughout the county.

The special motor vehicle permit application must be in by 10 a.m. Monday through Thursday for approval for travel the following day. (If you need a permit on a Monday, the application must be in by 10 a.m. the previous Thursday.) Freight haulers who do not have a permit to travel on a weight-restricted road risk a fine as well as the cost of damages for any road repairs.

 

WEEKLY UPDATE:

Information regarding maintenance work occurring in the County maintenance districts for the week of June 1, 2020:

District 1 (Wenatchee)

Crews will be prepping 2020 Preservation Roads for upcoming chip sealing.

District 2 (Cashmere)

Crews will be cleaning culverts on 2020 Preservation Roads as well as prepping those roads for chip sealing.

District 3 (Leavenworth)

Crews will be doing a road repair on North Shore Drive and ditching on Beaver Hill. Motorists should plan for one-lane, flagger-controlled traffic in both work areas, with minor traffic delays. The crew also will be brushing Little Wenatchee and North Shore roads as well as prepping 2020 Preservation Roads.

District 4 (Entiat)

The crew will be crack sealing with the Chelan District road crew (see below).

District 5 (Chelan)

The crew will finish crack sealing in the Chelan District on Swartout, Kinsey and Wapato Lake roads.  When crack sealing, the roadway will be one lane, with flaggers directing traffic. Minor traffic delays may occur. The crew also will be spot grading on Union Valley Road and blade patching on Antoine Creek Road. Motorists should expect minor delays in both work zones. And the crew will be hand patching in the Manson area (no delays).

Need to find out which Chelan County Maintenance District you live in? Go to Maintenance Districts Map.

 

 

Vegetation Management

Chelan County’s primary objectives for roadside vegetation management are:  

  • Provide for safe travel on County roads. 
  • Preservation of roadway infrastructure with desirable vegetation and stable roadsides.
  • Compliance with legal regulations concerning control of noxious weeds.

Herbicides are a cost-effective method of maintaining vegetation, and selective use over time require, less product to manage vegetation as native grasses and low-growing plants fill in along roadsides.

Why does the County use herbicide to thin brush?

Safe travel requires maintaining sight distance at corners, curves and intersections, ensuring water flows off of pavement and providing areas for vehicles to safely pull off the road. This is accomplished with pruning, vegetation removal or herbicide thinning of deciduous vegetation.

Herbicide thinning is only used on brush and trees (apart from landscape vegetation or commercial farms after Sept. 1). Only the limbs of the plant sprayed are affected and those limbs will not leaf out the following year. It does not kill the plant. 

What herbicides are used in the residual program?

When the spray zone is near sensitive areas, such as orchards, vineyards, residences and rivers, lakes and irrigation canals, the chemicals used in these areas are soft residual products that are safe to use up to the water’s edge and near orchards, vineyards or landscaping. In non-sensitive areas, different herbicides with selective properties can be used to address vegetation control issues. 

Why control noxious weeds?

The County is required by state law to control all listed noxious weeds that occur on the right-of-way (RCW 17.10). The County is also sensitive to the needs and concerns of adjacent landowners, both for controlling the spread of noxious weeds and the need for use of herbicides to control vegetation.

All herbicides used by the County are on the State of Washington Vegetation Management Contract. The Washington State Department of Transportation has completed toxicological and risk analysis for all herbicides on the contract and summaries can be accessed on its website. These herbicides have been determined to be the least toxic to mammals, fish and invertebrates.

When does the County spray for noxious weeds?

Control of noxious weeds is performed from mid-May to mid-September. Selective herbicides are used in non-sensitive areas to promote the establishment of perennial grasses. Non-selective herbicide (Roundup®) is used in sensitive areas as it is one of just a few herbicides that is relatively safe to use near landscaping, orchards and vineyards. 

Posted: 10/20/2014 11:08 AM
Last Updated: 05/29/2020 09:47 AM

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