The Street Maintenance Division provides routine maintenance of the City's streets, alleys, curbs, and gutters. Routine maintenance of the streets reduces the number of repairs required.
The City repairs a considerable amount of potholes each year. Potholes on major thoroughfares are given higher priority and generally repaired within 24-48 hours of being reported. The average response time to potholes on residential streets is three working days.
Potholes and other street maintenance can be reported in two ways:
- Submit a Service Request
- Contact our Public Works Department from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, 913.856.0914.
The City maintains approximately 192 lane miles of street pavement.
- What is rehabilitation? Rehabilitation is a complete reconstruction of the street to include sub-grade repair (as necessary), new asphalt pavement, and new curbs and gutters.
- When is rehabilitation required? Rehabilitation is required when the street has reached the end of its useful lifetime; and when no other maintenance activity can restore the street to a satisfactory condition or prevent it from deterioration quickly.
- Will I still have access to my street during rehabilitation work? Generally, you will have access. Although the street will be closed to through traffic during construction, there will be brief periods when you may not have access to your driveway for several days until the concrete curb has cured.
- What happens when a street is milled and overlaid? The top 2-3 inches of the street are milled off and replaced with new asphalt. The milling removes the old surface and creates a rough surface which allows the new asphalt to bond with the old pavement.
- Why does the City mill and overlay streets? As the street ages, it is necessary to remove and replace the top layer of asphalt. On average, the City mills and overlays a street every 10-15 years or as needed. The difference in time is due primarily to traffic and truck volume.
- Can I drive on the street while this work is being done? No. Tack oil and hot asphalt is placed on the surface. You cannot drive on the pavement until it has cooled 2-4 hours, depending on air temperature.
- Crack sealing: applying asphalt rubber into the crack to seal it and prevent water from getting into the street.
- Slurry sealing: oil and rock are mixed together prior to spreading on the street.
- Overlay: milling off the top 1.5 to 3 inches of the street and replacing it with fresh asphalt to seal and revitalize the street.