Road Department

Blaine County Road Department

The Road and Bridge Department is responsible for maintaining over 1200 miles of County roads and 62 bridges within Blaine County.

The Blaine County Commission uses tax dollars to maintain County roads and bridges with the funds available. The board of county commissioners, under the limitations and restrictions that are prescribed by law, may: (a) (i) lay out, maintain, control, and manage county roads and bridges within the county; (MCA Code 7-14-2101)

It is the Blaine County Commission’s goal to maintain the roads in Blaine County by prioritizing the roads by usage patterns. The following usage patterns are submitted to the public for their input.

Class 1: High traffic or school bus route; regularly scheduled maintenance as time & funds allow
Class 2: Medium traffic; regularly scheduled maintenance as time & funds allow
Class 3: Low traffic; occasional maintenance as time & funds allow
Class 4: Seasonal traffic; maintenance once per year
Class 5: Not maintained, county retains ownership

We Must Okay All Road Work

If it happens on a county right-of-way, we need to know about it, including:

  • Repairs.
  • Trim a tree.

     

Roadway Hazards

Let us Know Right Away

As our crews cannot monitor the entire road system simultaneously, we encourage citizens to report hazardous conditions whenever they are seen. This helps us respond to incidents as quickly as possible.

Reporting a Dangerous Situation

To report a dangerous situation, such as a tree down across a road or a road inundated with water, please call us right away:

During Business Hours:

Road Maintenance at (406) 357-2840.

During Off Hours:

Sheriff’s Office at (406) 357-3260.

Types of Hazards

Fallen Trees & Power Poles

During high winds, trees and power poles can fall and obstruct the road. These obstructions can usually be removed within a few hours.

Flooding

Some roads may flood during periods of high rainfall. In some cases flooding cannot be removed, and the only option is to wait for excess water to flow away or dry up. However, these incidents should be reported so warnings can be posted.

Mud, Rocks & Landslides

Mud, rocks, and other debris can slide onto the roadway, especially during heavy storms, causing slippery and otherwise hazardous driving conditions. Please do not hesitate to report these hazards, as they can usually be cleared up within a few hours.

Slipouts

A “slipout” occurs when the road base becomes unstable, usually due to soil saturation during a rainstorm, and a section of pavement slips out and slides down the adjoining hillside. Slipout damage can be very severe and may require extensive construction to repair.

Contact Info:

Chinook Shop

Dirk Drugge
Road Supervisor

Ddrugge@blainecounty-mt.gov
Phone: 406-357-2840
Savannah Wendeln
Administrative Assistant

swendeln@blainecounty-mt.gov
Phone: 406-357-2840

Harlem Shop


Phone: 406-353-2941

Hogeland Shop


Phone: 406-379-2271

Turner Shop


Phone: 406-379-2274

Forms:

Approach Application

Cattle Guard Policy

Cattle Guard Petition Form 2015

Road Establishment/Abandonment Procedure

Road Petition form

Culvert& Ditch Policy