Asphalt & Concrete Maintenance
We take pride in the condition and appearance of our City streets. The Street Department manages an ongoing repair list of locations throughout the City requiring asphalt and concrete maintenance. This list includes curb and gutter locations.
Regular maintenance is scheduled to promote upkeep and ensure the longevity of our streets. The Street Superintendent prioritizes repairs. Priorities are based on public safety, upcoming pavement management, and general maintenance.
Signs & Signals
The Street Department maintains all of the city's traffic signals and signs. We maintain nearly 4,500 signs and 18 signalized intersections.
Reporting a Problem
The Department of Public Works installs and maintains all traffic control devices in accordance with the federally approved Manual for Uniformed Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). To report in-operable or malfunctioning traffic lights, please contact the Department of Public Works at 620-245-2545. If after normal office hours or the weekend, please contact the Law Enforcement Center at (620) 245-1200.
Causes of Potholes
Potholes are holes in the roadway that vary in size and shape. They are caused by the expansion and contraction of ground water after the water has entered into the ground under the pavement. When water freezes, it expands.
Then when ice melts, the pavement contracts and leaves gaps or voids in the surface under the pavement, where water can get in and be trapped. If the water freezes and thaws over and over, the pavement will weaken and continue cracking.
Using a temporary mix, The Street Department patches potholes on public roadways as quickly as possible once identified or reported until permanent repairs are made.
Report a Pothole
To report a pothole, please contact the Public Works Department at 620-245-2545.
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