The Division of Streets, which includes Streets, Sewers, and Traffic & Lighting, maintains 2,220 lane miles of street, 700 miles of sewer, 3,000 streetlights and 160 traffic signals. Major functions of the division include overall street, sewer, traffic signal and street light maintenance, snow removal, alley grading and leaf pickup.
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The Office of Streets repairs and maintains 2,200 lane miles of road surface in the city limits. Maintenance on streets ranges from paving and patching in the summer to plowing snow in the winter. In 2017, 19.06 miles of streets were resurfaced and 363 tons of patch mix were used to fix potholes. In addition to maintenance, Streets maintains around 398 miles of alley surface. Also operating under the Street Department is Unit 211, a 24/7 response vehicle that works with the South Bend Police Department and the South Bend Fire Department for emergencies.
The Office of Traffic & Lighting maintains traffic signs, signals and city-owned street lights, and is responsible for approximately 160 signalized intersections and 3,000 street lights. In 2017, there were roughly 1,650 work orders for sign maintenance, installation and/or removal. Not only does this office provide traffic control in construction areas for the Offices of Streets and Sewers, but Traffic & Lighting also works with the South Bend Police Department to provide traffic control for special events in the city, setting up traffic control for an average of 100 different events in a year.
The Office of Sewers oversees the repair and maintenance of approximately 700 miles of sanitary sewer and storm drains. Along with the sanitary and storm lines, Sewers also maintains around 10,000 catch basins, inlets and drains. Maintenance of the sewer system is assisted by a vactor truck outfitted with a specialized camera system that enables real-time viewing of the inside of the sewer lines. This allows for the identification of issues to be addressed before they become problems that can affect the public. Sewers also mows and upkeeps the City’s retention ponds.
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