Street Maintenance Mission Statement
The La Vista Public Works Street Division is responsible for all construction projects and maintenance within the public right-of-ways and traffic signals.
Activities associated with these areas are street repairs, traffic signal maintenance, storm drainage maintenance, snow removal, project inspection and street sweeping.
Pothole Repair Plan
The La Vista Public Works Department is committed to providing a transparent and comprehensive plan to repair the City’s streets from damage which occurs over the winter. This plan takes into account public safety, traffic volumes and pavement conditions in an effort to prioritize repairs to streets and more efficiently utilize City resources. A component of this plan includes a pothole repair map that will be updated weekly to allow the public to track our progress as Public Works makes repairs.
City streets are placed into one of three categories for prioritization of various Public Works operations including pothole repair. Priority one are the arterials; priority two are minor arterials/collectors, and priority three are residential/local. For efficiency of operation, the City is also divided into districts.
There are two processes and materials the City uses for pothole repairs depending on the time of the year.
During winter months, "cold-mix" asphalt is used because asphalt plants are closed, making "hot-mix" asphalt unavailable. Cold-mix is distributed out of the back of a trailer and tamped in by hand, creating a temporary patch. Patches made with cold-mix material are expected to be temporary. The patches are designed as a stop-gap measure during freezing temperatures to keep streets serviceable.
During months when temperatures stay mostly above freezing and the asphalt plants are open, hot mix asphalt is used to make permanent patches. The damaged pavement is cleaned out using shovels and compressed air and then sprayed with a tackifier to provide adhesion of the hot asphalt to the existing pavement. The hot mix is placed and tamped into the hole using a vibrating plate or roller. This provides a much more permanent repair than patching with cold-mix asphalt.
Temporary Repairs (Typically November through March)
- Ongoing temporary repairs will be made using cold mix asphalt when crews are not in an active snow operation.
- The priority will be on making temporary repairs to major arterial streets and collectors.
- Citizen requests for repairs are evaluated as received and prioritized according to severity and repaired as weather permits.
As weather allows and asphalt plants open, permanent repairs will be made using a priority system (see attached map) based on public safety, traffic volumes, traffic speed and pavement conditions. Crews will begin work in priority 1 areas first, then will move to priority 2 areas and finish up with priority 3 repairs.
Citizen requests for repairs are evaluated as received and prioritized according to severity and repaired as weather permits.