The Streets and Alleys Division maintains approximately 170 miles of streets within the Village. There are two types of materials used for roadway repairs. The first is a cold mix product which is used for temporary and winter repairs. The second is hot mix asphalt, which is used for a more permanent type of repair. The hot mix asphalt repairs are only performed during the summer months when the material is available for street resurfacing and street paving. Learn more about this by visiting the Engineering Division page.
To report potholes in the roadway, please call the Streets and Alleys division.
Street Sweeping Program
The Village street sweeping program begins in April and continues through mid-October, weather permitting. Street sweeping entails the collection and removal of dirt and debris from Village streets and curbs for aesthetics purposes. In addition, street sweeping helps reduce the amount of debris entering the storm drainage system. The Village also sweeps concrete alleys once per month, time and operational needs permitting.
The Village uses mechanical street sweepers Monday through Friday on staggered schedules, ranging from 3 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Public Works Department makes every effort to sweep single family residential streets every five to seven days. Multi-family residential areas are swept during the first full week of the month (barring any holidays), except in the month of November. Concrete alleys, depending on operational needs, are swept on a monthly basis. Delays sometimes occur due to inclement weather, equipment repairs and holidays. Residential streets are divided into various sections, with one street sweeper assigned to each section. It takes approximately five to seven days to sweep each section. It is difficult to determine exactly when a particular street or concrete alley will be swept due to external factors or weather uncertainties that influence the schedule.
The streets in multi-family residential areas are swept during the first full week of the month (barring any holidays), except in the month of November. In the month of November, the streets in multi-family residential areas are swept during the week of Thanksgiving. During the first full week of the month, no-parking signs are posted on parkway trees at least 24 hours before the streets are scheduled to be swept. To ensure that street sweeping is effective, multi-family area residents must move parked vehicles from the street during scheduled street-sweeping days. Vehicles not moved from multi-family areas by 9 a.m. will be ticketed.
The Village programs around $3,000,000 annually for the resurfacing of its residential streets. Streets are chosen from analysis of various input. The Village uses data from a street condition rating program. The Village also performs a visual inspection of pavements and investigates citizen inquiries. From this information a prioritized rehabilitation strategy is generated.
Resurfacing of street pavements is simply the placement of approximately one and a half to two and a half inches of asphalt over the existing pavement. Asphalt overlays are placed on both concrete and asphalt pavements. Preparation consists of various activities. Prior to the actual resurfacing, defective curb and gutter and pavement is removed and replaced. Old asphalt is typically milled off. Cracks in concrete streets are filled with an asphalt material.
The road is then "primed" with a tack coat of asphalt that insures the new asphalt adheres to the existing pavement. Two lifts of asphalt are placed. The first lift, called a leveling course, helps to fill in any depressions in the road. Once this lift is in place, manhole castings are raised and then the final lift of asphalt is placed. On concrete streets the gutter is usually overlaid with asphalt. A resurfaced street can extend the life of the pavement for 20 to 25 years.