Within City limits, the Street Department:
- repairs street utility openings
- repairs potholes
- seals surface cracks in the street
- maintains brick streets
- repairs roadside guardrails
Freeze-thaw cycles and consistent salting and plowing have a significant impact on streets. The City works to get potholes patched as quickly as possible, weather permitting. The best time for pothole repairs are on dry days when the temperature is at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Cold patch is a temporary fix that is pliable in cold weather and is made from aggregate and an asphaltic material. Using hot recycled asphalt, which offers a longer-lasting fix than the cold patch method, is the preferred method of repair. When holes are fixed in the winter, cold patch is used. In warmer months, hot asphalt is used, permanently repairing the hole. During pothole patching season, main streets and secondary mains are the first priority, with local low-volume, low-speed streets systematically repaired after the main thoroughfares.