- Routine maintenance of the City's streets, alleys, curbs, and gutters
- Pothole repairs
- Mill and overlay
- Crack sealing
- Slurry sealing
- Street sweeping
- Ice and snow control on public streets
- Stormwater system maintenance
- Street Rehabiltation and Maintenance
- Maintaining street signs and traffic signals
- Street Light maintenance
The City maintains 184 lane miles of street pavement. Routine maintenance of the streets reduces the number of repairs required.
- What is rehabilitation? Rehabilitation is a complete reconstruction of the street to include subgrade repair (as necessary), new asphalt pavement, and new curbs and gutters.
- When is rehabiltitation 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 2 inches of the street and replacing it with fresh asphalt to seal and revitalize the street.
The City repaired a considerable amount of potholes in 2008. The average cost per pothole was $60. Potholes on major thoroughfares are given higher priority and generally repaired within 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:
- E-mail with the location of the pothole and any other pertinent information. Include your name and home phone number for our records.
- Contact our Street Maintenance Division from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 913-856-0922.
Snow and Ice Removal
The City of Gardner provides snow and ice removal services. To learn more about how the City provides this service, visit the Snow and Ice Removal page.
The City of Gardner provide street sweeping services. To learn more about how the City provides this service, visit the Street Sweeping page.
Reporting Curb Problems
Curbs gather water that runs off the street and carry it to the storm drainage system.
The Street Maintenance Division keeps a list of the curb problem locations that have been reported by residents. The most effective, long-term repair of curbs is curb replacement. Public Works hires a construction contractor to replace a specific amount of curb each year depending on funding. For curb problems not included in the replacement contract, the Street Maintenance Division sends out a crew to patch the curb with asphalt until a permanent fix can be made.
Curb problems can be reported in two ways:
- E-mail with a description of the problem, location and any other pertinent information. Include your name and home phone number for our records.
- Call our Street Maintenance Division from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 913-856-0922.
Requesting Traffic and Street Sign Repairs
The City’s Street Maintenance division maintains the traffic signals. The signals are designed, constructed and operated to allow for safe movement of vehicles and pedestrians through heavily traveled or hazardous locations. Nearly all of the traffic signals in Gardner are triggered by detection loops within the pavement. The loops sense the presence of a vehicle and notify the signal that a car is at the intersection. Many of the signals along major streets have timing patterns that change throughout the day and on different days of the week to provide optimal traffic flow. Problems occasionally develop because of failure of the electronic components in the signals, power fluctuations, bulb burn-outs or damage. Common problems are for the red, green or yellow light to be out, flashing or stuck.
Traffic signal problems can be reported in two ways, depending on the time of day:
- Call the Streets Division from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, 913-856-0922.
- E-mail with a description of the location of the problem and any other pertinent information. Nights or weekends, call Public Safety at 913-856-7312.
The city has more than 5,000 traffic and street name signs. These signs are grouped into three categories:
- Regulatory: speed, stop or yield signs
- Warning: diamond-shaped with a yellow background, such as "curve ahead"
- Guide: usually have green or brown backgrounds that help motorists navigate through unfamiliar areas
- Call our Street Maintenance Division from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 913-856-0922.
- Call Public Safety during nights or weekends at 913-856-7312.
- E-mail with the location of the problem and any pertinent information.
- Call our Street Maintenance Division at 913-856-0922. A dispatcher will receive the call 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. A message can be left during nights or weekends.
Gardner Energy maintains approximately 1,100 street lights in Gardner. The city's street lights are a high-pressure sodium, energy efficient bulb designed and installed to provide a safe level of illumination on the roadways.
Street light problems can be reported in two ways:
- E-mail with a description of the location of the problem and any other pertinent information.
- Call the Streets Division from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, 913-856-7256, ext. 27. During nights and weekends, callers can leave messages.