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Street Maintenance
2015 Asphalt Street Resurfacing List

The street division has many responsibilities, such as providing regular and preventive street maintenance and service programs to residents / communities and performing emergency service responsibilities. Other services include:     
  • Alley Maintenance - Limited, specific criteria applicable.
  • Concrete Repairs - One full-time crew, along with a part-time winter crew, removes deteriorated areas of concrete pavement.
  • Concrete Street Marker Replacement - Straightens, repairs, and replaces white street markers common in the city's older neighborhoods. Occurs during off-peak periods.                  
  • Curbs - The city does not maintain curbs, with the exception of removing a curb to make street repairs; the street division will replace the curb at no cost to the property owner.               
  • Drainage - Maintains ditches, culverts, and other city-owned drainage structures.                   
  • Joint and Crack Sealing - This work is done on concrete and asphalt pavements to prevent the intrusion of surface water into the pavement, which prevents base failure and pavement deterioration. Crack sealing is usually done for the first five years after a street is resurfaced. After that, slurry sealing (see below) is done to seal the pavement surface.
  • Mowing - City-maintained areas, along with high-visibility rights-of-way.          
  • Permanent Asphalt Repairs - Removal of any areas in a pavement that could / have caused pavement failure.
  • Potholes 
  • Preventive Maintenance - Maintenance to prevent or slow down pavement deterioration.
  • Program Assistance - Assistance to other communities to help them create programs similar to St. Joseph's, including snow removal, ice control, and pavement management.
  • Slurry Seal - Designed to help preserve and protect the many miles of asphalt streets. Slurry seal is a mixture of emulsified asphalt, aggregate, water, and cement, and is spread in various thickness over pavement to protect the asphalt pavement from the harmful effects of weather and UV rays from the sun. The more protection a pavement has, the longer it will last. Statistics show that a surface seal such as slurry seal, placed every 5 to 7 years, will keep a pavement in excellent condition for an indefinite period of time.
  • Snow Removal
  • Street Sweeping and flushing
  • Tree Trimming - Trees behind the curb or ditch must be maintained by the property owner. The city will trim trees where maintenance such as slurry sealing is scheduled to be done. Limbs are trimmed to the minimum height (14 feet) required by ordinance. The city's parks department does maintain trees on some streets classified as parkways, such as Ashland Avenue and Noyes Boulevard.