New Street Construction
New streets may be constructed after the installation of sewer, water, and storm sewer mains in new developments, following approval of the City Council. The approval process usually occurs during the City's Public Works Program. Written requests must be made to the Engineering Department for such street construction. Developers and other owners of multiple lots must make such requests before January 1 of each year to get these improvements constructed under the City's Spring Program. We will assign requests from individual owners to the next available program. The City Council holds a public hearing on all such proposed improvements. If the Council approves the projects, special assessments are levied against the abutting property owners for the costs of these improvements. Additional information is available and other requirements may apply. Contact the City Engineering Division at 755-3160.
Sewer & Water Construction in New Developments
Sewer and water mains can be extended to serve new developments following the approval of the City Council. This typically occurs twice a year during annual Spring and Fall Public Works Programs. Written requests must be made to the Engineering Division for such service. Developers and owners of multiple lots must make such requests before January 1 to have these improvements constructed under the City's spring program, or by June 1 for construction under the fall program. We will assign requests from individual owners to the next available program. The City Council holds a public hearing on all such proposed improvements. If Council approves them, special assessments are levied against the abutting property owners for the cost of these improvements. Additional information is available and other requirements may apply. Contact the City Engineering Division at 755-3160.
About City Street Rehabilitation
Each year the City rehabilitates approximately 8 miles of the 318 miles of paved streets. Current surveys of pavement distresses helps the Engineering Division determine which streets need rehabilitation, based on the amount and severity of pavement distresses. Generally, two common techniques are used to rehabilitate city streets. These are resurfacing of asphalt or concrete pavement and major rehabilitation or pavement reconstruction.
Types of Street Rehabilitation
Resurfacing is the most common and effective way of rehabilitating most asphalt and some concrete pavements. It involves curb and gutter repair, grinding and removal of a portion of the existing asphalt or concrete pavement, followed by the placement of new asphalt pavement.
Sometimes, resurfacing a street is neither practical nor cost-effective because of the level of deterioration. In such cases, these streets need reconstruction, the most expensive form of rehabilitation. Reconstruction usually involves replacing the existing pavement and base. Because of its cost, the City continuously tries to find funding assistance from the State to pay for streets needing reconstruction. For example, River Street from West Court Street to West Racine Street is expected to have major reconstruction done in the 2012 construction season, with 80% State/Federal funding.
Street Rehabilitation Selection
The Engineering Division evaluates all city streets annually. Street segments are given a rating based on the quantity and severity of pavement distresses. These ratings provide a good starting point for the selection of streets for the annual street rehabilitation program. Major street rehabilitation typically includes intermittent curb and gutter repair or total curb and gutter replacement, followed by rehabilitation of the street through reconstruction or various other techniques. Every spring, the City Council reviews all street and special assessments following a public hearing. According to City Council's policy, the City pays for 100% of the cost of any necessary curb and gutter repair and pavement (street) work.
Avoid Cutting New Pavement
The City takes steps to avoid cutting into newly rehabilitated streets. Private utility companies such as gas, telephone and cable are informed which streets will be rehabilitated to assist them in their construction planning. They must receive authorization from the City Engineer before cutting into a city street. Generally, utilities are not allowed to make street cuts after a street is resurfaced.
Before street work, efforts are made to repair, install or upgrade underground utilities to avoid cutting into newly resurfaced streets. For example, television cameras attached to cables are guided through underground sanitary sewer mains before street work to identify where sewer repairs are needed. Unfortunately, unanticipated connection needs and random failures in public and private utilities are unavoidable. Sometimes the only way to make repairs is to dig into the street.
Street Rehabilitation Projects
Street resurfacing or reconstuction activities are expected to begin in late April at various locations throughout the City. Work is expected to progress across the city and continue throughout the summer.
To view a listing of 2013 streets proposed for reconstruction/resurfacing, click here.
Below are document(s) linked to street rehabilitation projects:
Press releases will be issued approximatey one week prior to construction activities beginning.
Notices to Property Owners
Property owners within the limits of a street rehabilitation project are notified of the work and any related special assessments and are invited to a public hearing to speak for or against a project and related special assessment. Following the public hearing, the City Council will vote whether or not to approve the project. For additional information, suggestions or questions, please contact the Engineering Division at 755-3160.
Frequently Asked Question
Can you patch a pothole for me?
Use our online service directory to send an e-mail or call the City Services Center at 755-3110 weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and give the address or location of the pothole for a foreman to check out. A pothole patch can usually be accomplished within 24 hours, but could take 2 to 3 days.