The Public Works Department maintain 45 miles of streets in the City of North St. Paul.
- 42.94 miles is bituminous, or asphalt, roadway
- 2.07 miles is concrete
- 2.86 miles of paved alleyways.
Maintenance of the City streets is one of the most important, and costly, investments any City makes. Excluding the annual spring pothole patching, deciding when, where and how to make the necessary improvements to streets to:
- keep them in good condition
- 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 addressing he 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 to identify what streets needed to be either resurfaced or reconstructed
- at what cost
- and how they 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.