The City of Nampa primarily maintains its streets with crack sealing and chip sealing. Crack sealing is the most cost effective pavement maintenance technique. It prevents water from entering the road base and extends pavement life by 3-5 years. After crack sealing, the City often follows with chip sealing in order to extend the time before a conventional asphalt overlay is needed. A chip seal is one fourth to one fifth the cost of a conventional asphalt overlay, therefore street maintenance costs are greatly reduced with this practice.
City streets are on a maintenance schedule that rotates through the entire City every 7 years. Rotating the zones and coordinating necessary work throughout the Public Works Department saves taxpayer money and ensures that roads are maintained equitably. The scheduled crack and chip sealing for the year typically begins in June.
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 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!