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Ellensburg, WA 98926-2887
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Kittitas (pronounced 'kit-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
The engineering staff is responsible for various functions of the countywide road system, including
safety, construction, bridges and annual maintenance requirements.
A construction project starts with an identified need, grant/funding applications, design, and contract
award. Most projects are designed in house with the exception of the larger projects where an engineering
consultant is hired to perform the design phase.
The county is continually searching for safety improvements on the road system. Locations are identified
for guardrail installation, shoulder widening and other minor improvements to improve safety. Generally
the Kittitas County road crew completes minor safety improvements, and the guardrail installation is
The engineering staff prepares the annual chip seal program and striping program. The chip seal program
is established yearly, with most roads on a seven-year rotation. The striping is completed after the
chip seal activities have been completed, generally the end of August.
The engineering staff also researches county right of ways, administers proposed road right of way vacation
requests, and currently collects GPS data for roadside inventory to incorporate in the county GIS mapping
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.