Overview: 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) 

We Must Okay All Road Work

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

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Repairs

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Trim a tree

Road Usage Patterns

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.

 

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Class 1:

High traffic or school bus route; regularly scheduled maintenance as time & funds allow

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Class 2:

Medium traffic; regularly scheduled maintenance as time & funds allow

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Class 3:

Low traffic; occasional maintenance as time & funds allow

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Class 4:

Seasonal traffic; maintenance once per year

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Class 5:

Not maintained, county retains ownership

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

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. 

Types of Hazards

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Road Department Contact Info

Mark Burkhartsmeyer
Road Supervisor
mburkhartsmeyer@blainecounty-mt.gov
Phone: 406-357-2840

Lindsay Lowe
Administrative Assistant
llowe@blainecounty-mt.gov
Phone: 406-357-2840

Phone: 406-353-2941

Phone: 406-379-2271

Phone: 406-379-2274

Our Office

Blaine County Courthouse
420 Ohio St
Chinook, MT 59523

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Office Hours

Mon-Fri: 8am - 5pm
Sat-Sun: Closed