Street Division

The Street Division doesn't only maintain streets, they also maintain all alleys, signs, traffic signals, street lights and the storm water system. The Division is responsible for accident clean up, traffic control, weed control in city right-of-ways, and graffiti removal in the city right-of-ways.
All Street Division Operations are dependent on existing weather conditions and are subject to change accordingly. Citizens are urged to approach Public Works Crews with caution.

Winter Maintenance


We do our best to keep streets accessible as quickly as possible.

Current winter street maintenance fleet includes only four sanders with plows, and one deicer truck. There is also a one ton truck upfitted with a small plow and small sander, primarily for the downtown area. The Street staff of 13 is split into two shifts to provide as much coverage as possible throughout the 370 miles of City streets. Winter maintenance is prioritized and based on the most critical area receiving attention in the following order:

1. Overpasses and underpasses
2. Signalized intersections and four-way stops and arterial streets (streets with
highest volume)
3. Schools
4. Hills and curves
5. 2-way stops
6. Collector streets (streets with the next highest volume)
7. Residential streets

While residential streets are on the priority list it is difficult to get to all of them. Plowing is determined by the Street Division based on accumulation, temperature, and forecast.

Before Snowfall


• When snow and ice are in the forecast, City crews prepare vehicles and equipment.
• An anti-icing solution may be applied. The solution prevents snow and ice from bonding to the road surface, allowing for easier plowing by City crews.

What can residents do to help?


• Be patient. Be assured that crews are working hard to keep roads open and safe
• Be careful! Stay back when following a plow or sander. Give these large pieces of equioment extra room to maneuver. Turning a plow takes room.
• Please do not push snow onto the gutters or roadway.

Winter Driving Tips


• Allow a little extra time, take winter road conditions into consideration. Leave your home a few minutes early.
• When approaching a signal or stop sign slow your vehicle down beforehand and gradually come to a stop.
• Leave extra stopping space between your vehicle and the vehicles in front of you.

Street Maintenance Updates


Updated Wednesday, December 7, 2016


We currently have crews sanding arterial streets, collector streets, and subdivisions.


Updated Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Crews have been out applying Mag Chloride to the overpasses, intersections, school zones, etc. since 3:00am this morning. There is also a crew checking storm drains in anticipation of rain. Please drive carefully and stay safe.

Updated Thursday, December 15,2016

Half of the crew worked until 1:00am this morning and a second crew came in at 4:00am to continue to deice and sand the roadways. We will continue to work diligently to provide a safe commute for the citizens of Nampa. Please drive carefully and stay safe.

Updated Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Half the crew stayed until 10:00pm last evening, December 19, 2016 applying mag chloride and sand for the snow that was falling at 5:00pm.

Today crews have been out preparing for the freezing rain this afternoon and the chance of snow this evening. Please drive carefully and stay safe.

Ongoing Maintenance

Maintenance and replacement of the City's 9,000 plus regulatory, warning and informational signs is a continuous project.

Miscellaneous and street name signs are logged so that the last week of each month they can be repaired and/or replaced as necessary. However, regulatory signs are taken care of immediately. Signals help municipalities save money, keep the roads safe and reduce accidents. Preventive signal maintenance is performed at regularly scheduled intervals. Crews also respond to any reported equipment system malfunctions such as lamp burnout, failure of the detection sensor, and other miscellaneous mishaps. our signal technicians are constantly working to make traffic signals run smoothly.

NOTE:
When you see the signal or street light repair crew working along side the road and in the bucket truck, please slow down and if possible change lanes away from the crew. Proceed with caution.

If you have a concern please call the office or use our online request form.

Responsibilities


The Street Division has a staff of 23 and is responsible for the maintenance of 795.562 lane miles of City roadways, broken down as follows: 77.977 Collector; 575.749 Local Road,; 70.068 Minor Arterial; and 71.768 Principal Arterials. There are 21.96 Alley Lane miles of which are bladed twice a year, each spring and fall. 57 traffic signals, 9,758 traffic signs and 4,300 street lights. Maintenance activities include chip and fog sealing, striping centerlines and crosswalks, removing snow and ice, and servicing traffic signals and street lights. The Division also pumps excessive storm water, and cleans sand and grease traps in storm water catch basins.

Roads Scholar Awards


Reuben Bowers has received his Road Scholar for fiscal year 2015 and is currently working on the Road Master. Brad Farner and Jeff Kasma have received their Road Master. Congratulations to all of you! The Road Scholar/Road Master program is an intense training program consisting of several courses focusing on street maintenance. The program is hosted by the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC) and T2. Congratulations!