The Street Maintenance program focuses on preserving the structural integrity of improved streets, drivability of unimproved streets and to minimize traffic hazards to pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. Springfield’s street system includes improved streets and unimproved roads, sidewalks, street curbs, gutters and barricades. Streets that are built to City standards including an engineered base, asphalt or concrete surface, curbs, and gutters are classed improved streets. Improved streets represent a considerable investment to the community.
Improved streets receive preventative activities including crack sealing and slurry sealing. Repairing improved streets can be base repairs, overlays, skin patching and/or potholes filled. Improved streets are swept and may receive some level of ice and snow control during snow events. Sidewalks, curbs and gutters are maintained on a priority basis.
Unimproved streets can be an asphalt or oil mat, or gravel surface without an engineered base. They usually do not have sidewalks or curbs, and drainage is usually a road side ditch. Activities on unimproved streets include grading and rocking, filling pot holes and some skin patching. Activities on all streets include removal of road hazards and debris from public right-of-ways (including dead animals), barricade repairs, utilities/encroachment permit inspections and compliance.