City of Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, Washington, Whidbey Island's Premier Waterfront Community

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865 SE Barrington Drive
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Phone: 360-279-4500
Fax: 360-279-4507

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Traffic signs and pavement markings



Work on the signs and pavement markings generally is one of two activities:

  • Sign maintenance consists of replacing signs, posts, or anchors. Washing sign faces, straightening posts, visibility checks, reflectivity testing, new sign installation, etc. are considered sign maintenance. Signs marked with graffiti must be replaced, since the paint cannot be removed without also removing the reflective coating on the sign.
  • Pedestrian cross-walks, stop bars, symbols, and parking stalls are either marked using plastic material or paint. These items are again installed using city forces and contract work during the summer months. Generally cross walks, symbols and stop bars are placed using paint.  As are fog lines, bicycle lanes, and  center lanes. Painting can only be done in the summertime, since the pavement must be warm and can not have any moisture trapped in it. All paint jobs are done when weather permits. Button  installation is also accomplished during the spring summer and fall. This consists of installing buttons on new street surfaces or replacing buttons that are missing or damaged.


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