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Bureau of Highways

James Lathe
Bureau Chief
111 W. Chesapeake Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204

The Bureau of Highways provides a broad range of services:

  • Repairs, maintains, reconstructs and improves more than 2,600 miles of the County road system, including travel lanes, roadside shoulders, ditches, appurtenance paving, curbs and gutter, sidewalks, alleys and guard rails.
  • Coordinates the department's Emergency Management and Homeland Security with other agencies
  • Handles the Safety and Training program, which includes:
    • CPR
    • First Aid
    • CDL
    • Highways and Utilities Technician program
  • Emergency bridge repair on over 400 major bridge structures.
  • Maintenance and repair of open drainage systems in Baltimore County including stream channels, culverts, flumes, catch basins, and ditches.
  • Removal of storm debris.
  • Emergency and special services in the areas of snow and ice control or de-icing, flooding, tornadoes, and other natural disasters, and assisting in civil emergencies.
  • Roadside mowing and brush control.
  • Tree and stump removal, elevation of lower branches for sight distance, and removal of deadwood in live trees within the County's right-of-way.
  • Street sweeping to keep debris out of the storm drains and the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Provides preventative maintenance and repair services for the County's fleet of Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) apparatus, trucks, heavy equipment , generators and small engine equipment.

Road Issues

  • Find out about any county road closures due to repairs and maintenance, flooding, accidents, etc.
  • Find out about Engineering projects that may affect your travel.
  • Subscribe to the County's E-Newsletter to receive information about major projects in your council district, such as road closures, bridge repairs, water or sewer line repairs or installations, etc.

Revised August 6, 2014

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