Welcome to Butte County

Butte County is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments. Many Butte County residents live in one of the five incorporated towns or cities: Biggs, Chico, Gridley, Oroville or Paradise. Butte County government provides services to residents through 23 diverse departments. Services include elections, road maintenance, public safety, solid waste disposal, and health and human services to name a few.

News and Announcements


Thursday, April 09, 2020/Categories: News and Announcements

April 9, 2020


Butte County, Calif.--It is time once again for Butte County Public Works to begin the annual gravel road stabilization project.  This process typically involves preparing the existing roadway by grading and repairing any drainage issues, adding additional gravel where necessary, then watering and compacting the roadway surface.  Lastly, a soil stabilization product (Dustgard) is applied to chemically bind the roadway materials together, with the goal of reducing the formation of washboard and potholes. Once the soil stabilization product is applied, traffic should stay off the roadway surface until the product has been absorbed into the roadway surface – usually less than 30 minutes. This work will help keep the roadways smooth and safe for drivers throughout the long dry summer.  Work will be performed on the entirety of Helltown Road (Butte Creek Canyon area), starting at Centerville Rd. going approx. 1.6 miles to the end of the County maintained road. Crews will also treat Mud Creek Road, in Cohasset, starting at Cohasset Road for approx. 1.5 miles to the intersection at Vilas Road. 
Motorists that travel these roadways should expect delays.  Times for application will vary daily, but will generally start during times of low traffic volumes, on April 15, 2020-April 16, 2020 from 8:00am to 8:00pm.  Roads will be open, but will have traffic control in place and motorists should expect approximately 30 minute delays.   All work is being performed in strict conformance with State and Local COVID-19 social distancing rules and hand sanitization guidelines, with the goal of keeping our critical infrastructure repairs moving forward. 
The Butte County Public Works Department has been serving its residents since 1850, providing cost effective roadway maintenance services.  The Department maintains approximately 1,300 miles of roadways, over 500 bridges and drainage structures and more than 18,000 road signs.  

Number of views (3288) /Tags: