The Street Department Maintenance Services Division performs a variety of functions to maintain streets, alleys and other infrastructure to keep facilities safe for motorists.
Division functions include:
- Patching potholes
- Patching major pavement problems
- Cutting out, removing and replacing deteriorated pavement sections
- Level lifting and/or grinding pavement to eliminate standing water problems
- Connecting railroad track crossings into existing street pavement
- Sealing street/alley cracks to prevent subsurface moisture penetration
- Constructing street/alley humps
- Grading unpaved alleys
- Cleaning debris from streets and alleys
- Removing and trimming trees that have fallen into street/alley right-of-way
- Responding to after-hours street maintenance emergencies
When the Street Department receives a pavement maintenance request, the maintenance crew chief investigates the request to determine the nature of the problem. If the problem needs immediate attention or can be improved with the placement of asphalt, the maintenance crew will make an asphalt repair, even if the street in question is concrete. This is necessary because the Street Department does not have adequate funding to immediately repair all deteriorated segments of concrete pavement with concrete. As the department prepares its multi-year infrastructure repair program, asphalt repair locations are evaluated to determine their priority for permanent concrete repairs.