The Street Division is comprised of three major areas of responsibility: Patching, Forestry and Storm Sewer, and is responsible for maintaining the 650 miles of right-of-way within the City. The division maintains streets, storm sewers, and terrace areas, removes snow and ice from the streets, and sweeps streets seasonally. Alleys receive routine maintenance (pothole patching) but are not plowed by the City. City crews repair approximately 120,000 potholes annually using approximately 3,500 tons of asphalt. The division also maintains 111 bridges, 3 earthen dams, and several miles of paved and unpaved drainage ditches. Since 1991, the sewer section has been responsible for only storm sewers, having transferred responsibility for sanitary sewers to the Rock River Water Reclamation District. The Forestry Group cares for nearly 70,000 trees in the city right-of-way.
Landscaping and mowing around City parking lots and City-owned buildings is maintained in conjunction with the Street Division. The downtown maintenance crew removes trash from City parking lots and decks daily.
Property and Equipment Section
Property & Equipment Services Division services City vehicles and maintains and operates select City buildings. There are three primary functions assigned to the Property and Equipment Division. These include Property Maintenance, Equipment Maintenance and Central Stores Management.
- Property Maintenance – Provides maintenance and repair services to City Hall, City Yards, Fire Stations and other municipal locations.
- Equipment Maintenance – Provides preventative maintenance and repair services for all City vehicles, with the exception of the Fire Department’s emergency equipment.
- Central Stores – Responsibility is providing centralized inventory to the Property and Equipment Maintenance units, as well as to the Traffic, Engineering, Police Department and Water Division.
In addition, this division oversees the graffiti abatement program and handles leasing for available space in City-owned buildings.
The Traffic Section regulates all traffic activity on City streets in order to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists is provided.
The primary functions of the Traffic Section include installation and maintenance of traffic signals, corridor signal systems, emergency vehicle preemption, and special event traffic control equipment, roadway sign fabrication, installation and maintenance for the roadway signs and pavement marking maintenance within the City and repair of City-owned street lighting equipment within the downtown and other outlying business districts.
- Parking/Sign Section – Maintains and enforces 30 municipal surface parking lots and 4 parking garages, totaling approximately 4,000 parking spaces. In addition, there are 1,500 available on-street parking spaces that the section maintains. In order to improve parking system efficiency, a computerized parking ticket system has been installed. Towing and booting of vehicles is enforced for habitual offenders. This section maintains the existing 40,000 traffic control, street and directional signs in the City. The sign section has a computerized sign-making program that enables the sign section to fabricate high quality reflective signs.
- Signal Section – Maintains 250 signalized intersections plus 30 county-owned signals. The section operates and maintains traffic signals to regulate traffic control and ensure motorists and pedestrian safety, including coordinating with the Police Department on installing cameras throughout the City. The section maintains approximately 2,400 city-owned street lights as well as oversees signal and lighting construction projects.