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The Streets Department is responsible for the following operations of the city:

  • Street rehabilitation
  • Crack sealing (concrete asphalt and pavement)
  • Chip sealing
  • Patch street utility openings
  • Repair and replace settled or damaged curb and gutter
  • Grade and patch alleys
  • Potholes   
  • Sweep city streets (16,000 miles of curb and gutter each year)
  • Empty trash from downtown containers
  • Pick up brush citywide, once annually
  • Pick up leaves each fall (just over 1,000 tons each year)
  • Collect Christmas trees for recycling        
  • Clean up debris from accidents, spills, and windstorms    
  • Build and remove dikes for flood control
  • Provide barricades for contract work, city crew work, parades, and public events
  • Maintain all decorative street lighting (1,000 poles), traffic signals (600), and signs (15,000)
  • Paint street traffic markings, crosswalks, light poles, and handicapped-accessible ramps
  • Plow snow from city streets (224 centerline miles of streets)
  • Salt and sand city streets
  • Remove snow from sidewalks on bridges, city parking lots, and parking ramps  
  • Provide repair service, preventative maintenance, and lubrication service for most city vehicles
  • Purchase fuel and distribute to all city departments