The Streets and Sewers Division of the Public Works Department provides general street upkeep, which includes resurfacing, reconstruction, pothole repairs, patching and repairs needed after excavations for work on water or sewer lines. Public Works uses contractors for major street projects, due to a lack of equipment and staffing levels. Major street projects include the annual resurfacing contract under capital improvements.
The Division uses employees for multiple small projects, such as applying asphalt patchwork over wide swaths of surface. These “permanent patches” are more durable than standard pothole patching. Standard pothole cold mix is a fix that begins to break apart the next time a street plow passes over it. Pothole fill only address only a symptom of deteriorating pavement. With permanent patchwork, a strip of deteriorating pavement is milled out, and the permanent patch represents a strip of replacement pavement, which potentially can last for years.
City staff also plans and supervises major road construction, reconstruction, and resurfacing. For more information on street maintenance, please choose one of the following options:
- Street Lighting FAQ
- Street Resurfacing & Pavement Preservation
- Brick Streets Master Plan
- Curb & Gutter Report
Bloomington’s sidewalk replacement effort involves careful planning in order to best spend limited dollars. Toward this effort, the City has used full-time staff and college interns/part-timers to inspect and rate every sidewalk in the City. The City has about 425 miles of sidewalks and more than 6,600 curb ramps, which connect the sidewalks to streets. The abundance of problem spots means Public Works has to be frugal. In addition to condition of the walkway, Public Works looks at a number of criteria in determining what to fix immediately. For more information on sidewalks, please choose one of the following options: