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About Public Works
Snohomish County is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This growth presents many challenges for the Public Works department in maintaining and improving critical infrastructure such as roads and bridges, and managing the solid waste and recycling needs of county residents.
5-Year Strategic Plan: Vision, Mission, and Values
As a core service provider, Public Works has developed a 5-Year Strategic Plan in order to meet the near and long-term needs of our partners and the communities within Snohomish County. The department's Vision, Mission, and Values are at the core of that commitment.
The Public Works annual report provides information on the accomplishments and services performed during the previous year:
- 2022 Annual Report: Moving Forward & Building A Better Future (best viewed in Chrome)
- 2021 Annual Report: Adapting in an Evolving World (best viewed in Chrome)
- 2020 Annual Report: A Year of Resiliency (best viewed in Chrome)
- 2019 Annual Report: Public Works for All Seasons (best viewed in Chrome)
- 2018 Annual Report: Partnerships In Focus (best viewed in Chrome)
- 2017 Annual Report: Enhancing Our Growing Communities
- 2016 Annual Report: Our Services To You
Public Works is separated into five divisions including Administrative Operations, Engineering Services, Road Maintenance, Transportation and Environmental Services, and Solid Waste. Most of the work is performed in unincorporated areas, but Public Works also partners with cities and/or agencies on various projects to produce the best possible outcomes for residents throughout the county.
In the Field
Public Works is responsible for an estimated 1,600 miles of roads, more than 200 bridges, traffic control assets, sidewalks, crosswalks and bike lanes.
The Solid Waste division is responsible for managing the transfer stations and drop-off stations throughout the county, along with environmental cleanup issues.
Staffing and Operations
Public Works staffs ten facilities throughout the county that provide public services, including:
- Snohomish County Campus – Everett
- Cathcart Operations Facility – 8915 Cathcart Way
- Arlington Road Shop - Arlington
- Solid Waste Facilities
- Airport Road Recycling and Transfer Station - Everett
- North County Recycling and Transfer Station - Arlington
- Southwest Recycling and Transfer Station – Mountlake Terrace
- Dubuque Road Drop Box – 19619 Dubuque Road
- Granite Falls Drop Box – Granite Falls
- Sultan Drop Box - Sultan
- Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Station – Everett
The department is primarily funded by residents’ taxes and service charges, which are separate from the Snohomish County General Fund. The department also actively seeks out funding through federal, state, and local grants in order to leverage local tax payer dollars.
Serving All Residents
Review the Title VI section for information about the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, a copy of our Title VI Policy Statement, Notice to the Public, and Title VI Plan Updated April 2016; and for complaint procedures, complaint forms, and contact information.
Public Works is also committed to improving public facilities for all residents by adhering to the Americans with Disabilities Act.