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

Office Hours

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

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Deputy Chris Adair has been with the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office since August of 2012. Since then he has become the Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, Armorer, Deputy Coroner, and the Senior Operator for Blaine County’s breath alcohol testing equipment. He also is the DUI Task Force Coordinator. He lives in Chinook with his wife and 2 sons. Previous to living here they were residents of Flathead County.

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John Colby started his career in Law Enforcement with the Blaine County Sheriff's Department in 1996 as a Detention Officer/Dispatcher. In 1998 he began working with the Harlem Police Department where he served as a patrolman and later as the Chief of Police. In 2001 Harlem consolidated its law enforcement with the Blaine County Sheriff's Department and John Colby remained as a Deputy Sheriff. In 2002 John accepted a job with the Williston Police Department and served as a patrolman and later as a senior patrolman. In 2007 John left the Williston Police Department and went to work for Dyn-Corp in Konduz Afghanistan training the Afghanistan Nation Police. In March 2010 John was returned to Chinook and accepted a position as a Deputy Sheriff with the Blaine County Sheriff's Department. John was promoted to the Lieutenant of the Blaine County Sheriff's Department in 2012. John is one of the Taser Instructor's, Field Training Officer, K9 Handler, and was recently assigned to the Tri-Agency Drug Task Force. John and his wife Dawn have two children JJ, and Aspyn.

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Robo joined the Blaine County Sheriff's Office in October of 2013. He resides with his handler Sheriff John Colby.

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Deputy Levi Gonzalez joined the Blaine County Sheriff's Department in January 2018. Levi studied Criminal Justice at Utah Valley University and Excelled in courses such as Criminal Justice, Forensics, and Criminal Law. Along with some formal education, he has trained with professional firearms instructors, and in hand-to-hand combat, to help him pursue his career in law enforcement. He moved to Montana with his wife in March of 2013 and owns a small ranch in Blaine County where he runs a small cow/calf operation. He looks forward to serving Blaine County, where he is happy to call home, with his wife, daughter and son, for many years to come.

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