The Washington State County Road Administration Board (CRAB) provides accountability through standards of good practice, fair administration of funding programs, and engineering and technology assistance to the 39 Washington State County Road Departments in accordance with (RCW 36.78.070).
The transportation systems owned, operated, and maintained by the state's 39 counties include almost 40,000 miles of roads, 3,300 bridges, and four ferry systems. The annual county road department budget exceeds $1.2 billion per year, funded by local property taxes, a share of the state motor vehicle fuel tax, federal and state grants, and other sources.
RCW 36.78 requires CRAB to establish, by rule, Standards of Good Practice for the "administration of county roads and the efficient movement of people and goods over county roads". The current CRAB Standards are contained in WAC 136. See the listing of CRAB Standards of Good Practice for summary information and links to the Code Reviser.
Deputy Director Walt Olsen, PE, will retire on June 30, 2020 after 19 years at CRAB and over 46 years of experience in public service. CRAB hired Walt as Maintenance Manager on June 1, 2001 and he was appointed Deputy Director on December 1 of that year.
Prior to coming to CRAB, Walt served as a member of the County Road Administration Board while County Engineer at Pend Oreille County, and before that as County Engineer and a variety of other positions at Adams County.
Walt has also been a NACE National Emergency Preparedness Committee Chair since 2015. He has served in the WSACE as President and Vice President, as well as Secretary and President of the Eastern District of the WSACE.
CRAB staff gathered last week to wish Walt a fond farewell and best of luck in his retirement.
Drew Woods, PE, will assume the Deputy Director's position on July 1, 2020
Drew joined CRAB on June 18, 2018 as the Compliance and Data Analysis Manager. Prior to that, he served as a member of the County Road Administration Board while Public Works Director/County Engineer for Columbia County.
Please join us in congratulating Drew!