The Public Works Department is responsible for the maintenance of approximately  43 miles of City-maintained streets and 18 miles of State maintained highways in the City limits. not including state routes maintained byTDOT.
The staff performs a variety of demanding and diverse maintenance services involving pavement maintenance, snow and ice removal, street sweeping, litter control, and other functions. They also repair storm drains, which includes small to major maintenance projects, and clean City owned storm drainage channels, culverts, grates, and catch basins.


What is a road Right-of-Way?

The road right-of-way is the "utility" portion of the public street and can be used by utility companies to put in their lines, etc., and this area is part of the public street. A rule of thumb is the right-of-way is 30 feet from the road center line. This dimension can vary depending on the specific road and is not meant to be an exact number.

Who is responsible for mowing and cleaning city right-of-way areas?
Property owners are responsible for mowing their own properties including ditches, detention ponds and easements.  Roadside mowing and trimming is done to remove any visual obstructions in the road right-of-way and to maintain a clear travel path free of branches, limbs, etc. During the summer months the The Public Works Department mows city-owned roadway ditches. This is done to control weeds, maintain a quality appearance, and reduce sight line obstructions at intersections.