Press Releases

Cowlitz County Department of Public Works is committed to providing the most accurate information to the members of the public. We provide our press releases, in particular for traffic delays, to reduce the impact to the traveling public.  Please visit us often.

Winter Weather Event - County Road Updates.  Released February 8th, 2024

Sandbags Available to Cowlitz County Residents.  Posted December 5th, 2023

Household Hazardous Mobile Collection Event and Permanent Collection Facility.  Posted October 25th, 2023

Headquarters Landfill Fire.  Posted October 23rd, 2023

Household Hazardous Mobile Collection Event and Permanent Collection Facility.  Posted October 5th, 2023

Expect Delays at the Ostrander Road Project. Posted September 25th, 2023

Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Collection Event and Permanent Collection Facility.  Posted September 25th, 2023

Landscaping and Tree Service at the Hall of Justice - 312 1st Avenue, Kelso.  Posted September 11th, 2023

Pleasant Hill Road Temporary Closure Reminder.  Posted August 17th, 2023

Woodbrook smoke Testing of Sanitary Sewer System.  Posted August 17th, 2023

LT1 Temporary Closure for Public Access. Posted August 14th, 2023

Kalama River Road Culvert Replacement Projects, M.P. 2.37 & M.P. 2.04.  August 14th - August 24th.  Posted August 9th, 2023

Pleasant Hill Road Temporary Closure. Posted August 7th, 2023

Road Delays - Pavement Striping Begins Monday, July 31st

LT1 Temporary Closure for Public Access. Access Extended. Posted July 3rd, 2023

2023 Joint Agency Pavement Overlay Project.  UPDATE.  Posted June 20th, 2023

2023 Joint Agency Pavement Overlay Project.  Possible delays.. Posted June 14th, 2023

Ostrander Road Culvert Replacement Project.  Posted May 3rd, 2023.

Pacific Avenue North Open to All Traffic.  Posted May 3rd, 2023.

Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Collection Event and Permanent Collection Facility on Saturday, May, 13th, 2023.  Posted April 25th, 2023.

Household Hazardous Mobile Collection Events and Permanent Collection Facility on Saturday,  April 15th, 2023.  Posted March 23rd, 2023.

2023 Stormwater Management Plan Draft -Comment Period Closes March 15th

Willow Grove Park Recycling Center Closure effective February 6th, 2023.  Posted January 31st, 2023.

Meeting Cancellations - Cowlitz County Park and Recreation Advisory Board, December 12, 2022.  Cancellation of meeting January 10, 2023.

Cowlitz County Public Works Current Projects Web Map We will update the web map Mondays through Thursdays. The map currently includes road paving , chip sealing,  and major road projects.

Veteran's Day Office Closure November 10th, 2022

Pacific Avenue North Project Update November 8th, 2022

Sparks Drive / South Fork McCorkle Creek Detention Structure Phase 1 Modifications, late-October 2022 with completion expected in March 2023.

Tower Road / Rock Creek Washout, June 2nd, 2022.

Washington Department of Transportation WSDOT, has several different notification options for current projects and road conditions on state highways. Note that these tools do not include updates on roads that are maintained by the county or the local cities and only provides updates for state highways.

Click this link to download the WSDOT mobile phone app to see current road condition updates on state highways. (This option is updated more frequently than the web app or the email notifications.)

Click this link to view the WSDOT Map for current road conditions on state highways.

Click this link to sign up for specific categories of email or text notifications for WSDOT including construction projects and road closures.

For questions about roads inside of City Limits contact the city directly:

City of Castle Rock Public Works page

City of Kalama Public Works page

City of Kelso Active Project page

City of Longview Public Works page

City of Woodland Public Works page