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.
Fall maintenance is a busy time for the Street Division, Activities include sweeping, patching, crack sealing, storm water and cross drain repairs on the street side. Replacing signal cabinets, school flashers maintenance, street lights and sign repair on the Traffic segment.
Sweeping: Fall sweeping has started/ Residential streets and thoroughfares have been swept. Crews will start up when the leaves start falling. Low hanging branches and vehicles parked on the side of the road hinder the sweepers. They will go around, consequently there will be debris and leaves left behind.
Do not rake leaves into the street. Leaves blown into the street are a major problem for storm water systems. They clog both the grates and pipes, contributing to back-ups and/or flooding. they accumulate in the pipes, not only contributing to reduction of flow but also ponding, giving mosquitoes breeding areas.
Stormwater: Stormwater systems are designed to collect and control runoff. They play a key role in preventing flooding, and erosion. Stormwater systems include structures such as catch basins, ponds, and ditches, which require periodic maintenance to ensure that they function properly.
Patching and Crack Seal: The crack seal crew has been busy applying crack seal in the next chip seal zone "C", This includes subdivisions. Patching and saw cutting is also part oft he fall maintenance for zone "C"
***Crack sealing is a placement of rubberized sealant in the cracks of the roadway that will provide a protective coating and seal out water. Crack sealing is a preventative street maintenance technique where small cracks are sealed with the rubberized asphalt product. By sealing cracks in the streets, water is kept out, and less damage occurs during the freeze thaw cycles in winter and spring.***
Snow Removal Response to Nampa Citizens
The Street Division maintenance fleet includes only four, 10 wheel plow/sanders and one deicer truck. There is also a one ton truck up fitted with a small plow and small sander, primarily for the downtown area. The Street staff of 13 is split into tow 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 areas receiving attention in the first 24 hours in the following order.
Overpasses and underpasses
Signalized intersections and four-way stops and arterial streets (streets with the highest volume)
Hills and curves
Collector streets (streets with the next highest volume)
Residential Areas* *Upon 6" of accumulation, contractors will be hired and residential areas will begin to be addressed within the next 120 hours. While residential streets are on the priority list it is difficult to get to all of them. Furthermore, staff receives as many concerns, if not more, from citizens if residential streets are plowed because of the piling of snow on previously shoveled sidewalks and driveways. Plowing is determined by the Street Division based on accumulation, temperature and forecast.
Ongoing MaintenanceMaintenance 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.
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.
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 Master for fiscal year 2017.
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!