Streets & Drainage Division

The Street Division is responsible for maintenance of approximately 156 miles of street rights-of-way. The division maintains street surfaces, traffic signs and pavement markings, curbs and gutters, sidewalks, the surface and subsurface storm drain system. They also oversee street sweeping and removal of vision hazards.

Management & Maintenance

  • Pavement Management: Pavement management is a prime responsibility. Besides patching and repairing pavement, a computerized pavement management program is used to rate paving condition and recommend treatments to extend pavement life.
  • Traffic Signs: Installing traffic signs and sign replacement is a year-around function as is the placement of pavement markings such as arrows, crosswalks, and center lines.
  • Storm Drains: Storm drain maintenance is another major function of the Streets Division. Publicly owned curb inlets, catch basins, underground pipes and open drainage ways are maintained year-around on an as needed basis.
  • Street Sweeping: Street sweeping on a routine schedule improves community appearance and prevents dirt and other debris from polluting creeks, streams and the Rogue River.

Preventing Hazards

Vegetation and landscaping add beauty and value to our community. Unfortunately, overhanging limbs and plants can turn sidewalks into obstacle courses for walkers. Plants in the wrong place or overgrown trees and shrubs can also create vision hazards along streets and at intersections.

The Street Division checks for hazards which interfere with the safe passage of vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists. City law requires property owners to keep passageways such as sidewalks, bike lanes and street frontages clear of vegetation, low limbs and vision hazards. See the following for guidelines on how to avoid creating hazards.

Reporting a Hazard

Report street, sidewalk, or right-of-way hazards online by filling out the Streets Division Comment Form

Reporting a Streetlight Problem

There are a number of ways in which a citizen can report a problem streetlight. The easiest is to use Pacific Powers online tool: https://www.pacificpower.net/ed/streetlights.html. The form is easy to use, quick to fill out and notifies Pacific Power of the location of the light and the nature of the problem. You can also report streetlight issues by calling their main customer service line at 1-888-221-7070.

To report issues with a City owned decorative lights simply pick up the phone and call us at the Public Works Department and we will make sure that light is fixed in short order! The Public Works Division can be reached by calling 541-450-6110. You can also report an issue with a downtown light by using the Streets Divison Comment form.

Programs

The Streets and Drainage Division offer these programs to the public:

Hazardous Sidewalk Repair Program

Hazardous Sidewalk Repair Program, covers up to 50% of the sidewalk repair cost in front of a property. Broken and lifted sidewalks are trip hazards and obstacles to handicap access. Such hazards can create liability issues for property owners when someone is injured.

Hazardous Tree Program

The Hazardous Tree Program covers up to 50% of the cost for the removal and replacement of hazardous trees located in the right-of-way.

County Roads

For questions regarding county roads go to the Josephine County website.