The Public Works Department is responsible for maintaining 45 miles of City streets. Of that 45 miles, 42.94 miles is bituminous, or asphalt, roadway; the remaining 2.07 miles is concrete. The City also has 2.86 miles of paved alleyways.

Maintenance of the City streets is one of the most important, yet costly, investments any City makes. Excluding the annual spring pothole patching, deciding when, where and how to make the necessary improvements to streets to: 1) keep them in good condition, and 2) make them last longer is largely dependent on both the right decisions at the right time, and the timing of those decisions and resulting maintenance.

In 2013, the City Council adopted its 2014-2020 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) aimed at starting to address the overall condition of City streets. The Plan, or CIP, called for major street reconstruction and infrastructure replacement every even year. In 2014, the City Council authorized consideration of major roadway resurfacing projects, known as mill and overlay, during the odd years. To make better, more cost-effective decisions, the City Council authorized a Pavement Management Study update to help develop a long-range plan that identified what streets needed to be either resurfaced or reconstructed and when, and at what cost and how those projects would be financed. That study determined that, although a higher cost upfront, making that investment today would yield better overall street conditions and lower maintenance costs over the long term. Maintaining the current approach would result in exactly the opposite.

What is Pavement Management?

A Pavement Management Plan (PMP) is a scientific and systematic method of inspecting to determine a rating of the pavement condition for all roads throughout the City. A PMP is comprised of three characteristics: the assessment, the type of improvement needed (i.e. maintenance and/or reconstruction) and cost, and the timing of those improvements and financing mechanisms.

With proper and timely maintenance City streets can last 40 to or more before requiring reconstruction.