The mission of the Streets work group is to repair and maintain the City’s streets, gravel roads, and alleys. This includes asphalt and concrete replacement, pothole repair, right-of-way mowing, road and bridge maintenance, snow plowing, and street sweeping.
To accomplish these objectives, Streets has 26 authorized full-time employees and up to 2 seasonal employees for fall leaf collection.
The City of Salina currently has approximately 258 miles of streets, 21 vehicle bridges and 6 pedestrian bridges. About 141 miles (55%) of streets are asphalt, 104 miles (40%) are concrete, 8 miles (3%) are brick, and 5 miles (2%) are unimproved. In addition, there are 7 miles of roadway in our City parks. There are approximately 12 miles of private roads, which the City does not maintain. There streets are indicated by white street name signs.
Location and Hours of Operation
The Streets office is located within the Public Works facility at 412 East Ash Street. The hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Asphalt and Concrete Replacement
The Department of Public Works manages an ongoing repair list of locations throughout the City requiring asphalt and concrete replacement. This list includes curb and gutter locations. The Street Superintendent prioritizes repairs to address the most serious deficiencies first. Priorities are based on public safety, effective stormwater control, pavement management, and general maintenance. If citizens would like to report asphalt, concrete, or stormwater concerns, they should contact the Department of Public Works at (785) 309-5750.
When asphalt pavement ages, it becomes more porous and moisture increasingly penetrates through cracks in the road surface. Additionally, moisture may enter the road base from the sides of the road. In colder weather conditions when sub-zero temperatures occur, the water under the road surface freezes to form pockets of ice, causing the pavement to expand. This expansion begins to displace the road surface. When the temperature subsequently rises above freezing, the pockets of ice melt, leaving voids beneath the road surface. A succession of freeze-thaw cycles gradually increases the size of these voids, progressively weakening the pavement. Traffic loads over the weakened pavement cause the formation of potholes. The Department of Public Works patches potholes on public roadways as quickly as possible once identified or reported until permanent repairs are made. If citizens would like to report a pothole, they should contact the Department of Public Works at (785) 309-5750.
The Department of Public Works, with assistance from the City’s mowing contractor, maintains the City’s right-of-way, medians, and areas next to bridges. The Department of Public Works and Utilities Department maintain additional public areas throughout the City. If citizens would like to report a concern, they should contact the Public Works Department at (785) 309-5750.
Road & Bridge Maintenance
The Department of Public Works regularly inspects and maintains 21 vehicle bridges and 6 pedestrian bridges throughout the City of Salina. A complete bridge inspection is conducted every 2 years. As a result of these inspections, 3 bridges have posted reduced load limits. These locations are: 1) Greeley Avenue Bridge at 5 tons; 2) North Fifth Street Bridge between Gold Road and Pleasant Hill Road at 10 tons; and 3) North 9th Street Bridge at 20 tons. If citizens have any concerns with a bridge, they should contact the Department of Public Works at (785) 309-5750.
Winter Snow & Ice Removal Information
During winter months, snow removal and ice control are primary concerns. The City’s 258 miles of streets are divided into zones with 3 priority levels. Arterial streets like Ohio, Ninth, Broadway, Crawford, Cloud, Magnolia, and Schilling are the highest priority. Once the arterial streets are cleared, crews move to the collector streets, such as Front, Markley, Marymount, North, Oakdale, Quincy, Republic, and South. Residential streets are cleared as time and weather permits. Salt is applied as conditions require. If citizens would like to report a concern, they should contact the Department of Public Works at (785) 309-5750.
On a weekly basis, the Department of Public Works sweeps 1 of 4 zones of public roadway and the downtown area. Our goal is to sweep all streets at least once a month and busier streets more often. The 4 zones are as follows:
Zone 1: Crawford to the south City limits and from Ninth Street to the west City limits
Zone 2: Crawford to the south City limits and from Ninth Street to the east City limits
Zone 3: Crawford to the north City limits and from Ninth Street to the east City limits
Zone 4: Crawford to the north City limits and from Ninth Street to the west City limits