Potholes - no one likes them. They seem to pop up by magic almost overnight. In reality potholes are created in a number of ways. The most common way is when water seeps into cracks in the surface of the road and, combined with the vibration of the tires over the cracks, causes the asphalt to fail. That is why there are more potholes after it rains. Potholes are also created when the roadway is stressed by trucks and buses, which can cause a movement of the subsurface. Once there is a weak spot, every car that travels over it makes the problem worse, and eventually a section of the material will fail, causing a pothole.
The Street Division repairs over 5,000 potholes per year using everything from a hot patch truck to bagged asphalt and shovels. The Street Division's goal is to fix all potholes reported to us as soon as possible. Priority is given to potholes that may affect drivers, the rest are on a first come, first served basis. We know that we cannot find all the potholes in the City, so we rely on the public to report potholes when they see them.
To report a pothole, call (618) 452-6222 or use our online Service Request Form.
There are over 500 miles of sidewalk in Granite City. The City is responsible for the maintenance of sidewalk damage caused by vehicle accidents, water main breaks, natural subsidence and normal wear and tear or age damage. With an ever-increasing sidewalk repair backlog, some delay is to be expected.
Resurfacing and Slurry Sealing
Slurry Seal Coating consists of asphalt emulsion, sand and rock which is applied to the street surface at 3/8” thick. This cost effective maintenance treatment extends the life of streets already in good condition.
Asphalt Resurfacing consists of installing a brand new layer of asphalt on top of the existing street surface at a thickness of one to three inches. Streets are ground down (milled) at the curb line before resurfacing so asphalt will not build up at the edge of the gutter.
Street Sweeping provides two primary benefits to the City. The more obvious benefit is the collection and removal of paper, leaves, and other visible debris that collect in the gutters. This debris can block storm water facilities, causing localized flooding during heavy rains. An equally important, but less visible benefit is the removal of metal particles and other hazardous waste products left by passing vehicles. Although they are virtually invisible, these particles can be extremely harmful to fish and other wildlife if they reach our creeks and rivers. Street sweeping is an effective method of removing both the large and microscopic pollutants that collect on City streets. This sweeping also serves to control and improve water quality. Motorized sweeping removes much of the debris from the street before it goes into the storm drains.
For more information on Street Sweeping call (618) 452-6222.
The Street Division is also responsible for removing snow from the roadways after heavy snows. This also includes salting the streets before the heavy snows arrive. The salt used on the streets is in a liquid form, and is often mixed with calcium chloride to make it more effective.
Once it starts to snow, the Street Division will dispatch salt trucks to begin salting the designated Emergency Snow Routes. After these roads are made safe and passable, the secondary roads will be salted, if it is deemed necessary. This decision will be made based upon continuing weather conditions. Each snowplow vehicle has been assigned a section to plow and will remain in that section until all snow route roadways have been sufficiently cleaned. This may require the snowplow vehicle to make multiple passes on each street.
Our snow removal team will be plowing each street from curb to curb during each snowfall. On occasion, due to the lack of areas between the sidewalk and curb, sidewalks and driveway aprons may become covered with snow that falls off the snowplow blade. We will not remove snow from any sidewalk or driveway apron in these instances. Please do not call the Street Division in this event. We regret this unfortunate inconvenience to any/all homeowners.
Sewer Collection StructuresChannels
The City also maintains several concrete and dirt drainage channels and ditches. Channels and ditches are designed to handle water flow from storm drains and ravine runoff and "channel" the water into Horseshoe Lake. Street Division conducts regular inspections and performs cleaning as needed. We encourage the public to notify us when a channel or ditch is blocked or filled with debris. This will help minimize the possibility of flooding and help improve water quality.
To report a problem call (618) 452-6215 or use our online Service Request Form.
The City of Granite City has over 1,000 storm drain structures and over 120 miles of drainage pipe. The Street Division is responsible for inspection, maintenance and repair of the storm drain system in the public right-of-way and in drainage easements. This includes clearing blocked drains, removing debris from storm drain structures, and cleaning and repairing damaged drainpipes.
Storm drains are designed to handle normal water flow, but occasionally during heavy rain, flooding will occur. Our goal is to limit the number of flooding incidents by keeping the drains clear with regular maintenance and cleaning.
Traffic ControlTraffic Signs
The Street Division installs and maintains the over 3,000 traffic signs throughout the City. New street signs, including Stop, Yield and School signs, are ordered from commercial sign vendors who have the technical equipment required to cut aluminum panels and make the signs.
Street Name Blades
There are approximately 3,500 street name signs within Granite City. The Street Division is in the process of converting the street name signs on primary and secondary roads to a larger, more tamper-resistant design with larger, more readable print.
The typical service life of a street name sign is between 15-20 years, at which time the signs are replaced due to sun fading. The signs are also replaced due to vandalism, traffic accidents and theft.
To report a problem call (618) 452-6215 or use our online Service Request Form.
Sanitation InspectionThe primary responsibility of the Sanitation Division is to enforce all sanitation related ordinances passed by the City Council, as specified in the City Municipal Code, so as to improve and maintain the health, safety and welfare of the community.
When a complaint comes in concerning a specified property, we will send out one of our four inspectors to examine the property for violations of the sanitation code. The inspector will then determine whether to issue a citation or a warning letter. Inspectors will give citations for the following violations:
Trash/Garbage/Debris on Property
Auto Parts Strewn about Property
Furniture on Lawn
Building Materials Strewn about Property
Trash Out Early
Improper Junk Storage
Tires Placed Inappropriately on Property
Appliances Placed Outside of Home/Business
No House Number
Limbs/Brush Strewn about Yard
If you would like to report a suspected sanitation violation, you may call the Sanitation Division at (618) 452-6225.
For more information on how you can improve your home’s curb appeal, read the helpful tips below.
Maintain Your Home's Curb Appeal with These Helpful Tips
Maintain the look of your yard by keeping the grass mowed below eight inches in height on private property and five inches in height in the right-of-way, which is typically the area between the curb and the sidewalk.
Keep the sidewalks and public right-of-way in front of your home in good condition and unobstructed for public use.
Be sure to place your trash and recycling curbside on the evening prior to pick-up. All empty trash cans and bins must be removed from the street by 7 p.m. on collection day.
Remember to obtain all required permits before beginning any home improvement project for more information on required permits, call (618) 452-6218.
Periodically, check the fence surrounding your property to make sure it's in good condition.
Commercial or inoperable vehicles may not be parked in the street or on residential property.
The exterior of your home is very important. To maintain its appearance, be sure to keep the exterior paint, windows and all permanent fixtures in good repair.
Maintain the appeal of your neighborhood by picking up any trash or debris.