The Street Department grades alleys and berms on a regularly scheduled basis. Since some berms and alleys do not hold up as well as others, in addition to grading on a regular basis we also address citizen's requests for grading.

Stone is added to the alleys or berms only when needed, not necessarily when requested. Many times adding more stone than is needed can cause drainage problems.

While some grading may take place during winter months if the weather is mild (above freezing), the primary months for this activity is April through October. Grading requirements and the length of time a particular job can take can vary greatly. Because of this it is difficult to say how many times a season grading will take place. Our goal is to keep the alleys and berms in as good of shape as possible.

Note: Berm areas for residential chip and seal streets only extend 18"-24" from edge of the pavement. If there is a parking area along the street, it is the responsibility of those who use it to maintain it.

To view a list of alleys that the city maintains choose the appropriate section:

To view a list of berms that the city maintains choose the appropriate section:
(berms for Chip and Seal streets not included)

asphalt plant

The Fort Wayne Street Department utilizes its own asphalt plant to produce "hot mix" asphalt for routine road maintenance. This asphalt is used for patching potholes as well as other asphalt related projects. During the winter months when we are unable to run our plant, a product referred to as "cold mix" is used for patching.

The city is divided into two (2) sections North and South. A procedure is used to ensure all city streets are patched on a regular basis when needed. Potholes can also be reported by citizens to the 311 call center from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays at either 311 or 427-8311.

See below lists completed by the Street Department:

Paved streets:

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Chip & Seal streets:

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North East Berms

  • North Clinton - west side from St. Joe Ctr to Coliseum
  • North Clinton - east side from Coliseum to St. Joe Ctr
  • St Joe Ctr - south side from Clinton to St Joe
  • St Joe Ctr - both sides from St Joe to Reed
  • Maplecrest - both sides from State to Rothman
  • Lake Ave - both sides from Reed Rd to city limits
  • Reed Rd - both sides from Lake to Evard
  • State - both sides from Georgetown to city limits
  • Trier Rd
  • St Joe Rd
  • Lehmeyer
  • Evard
  • Hwy 37

 

NorthWest Berms

    Goshen Rd b/w Coliseum & St. Marys
  • Wells b/w Irene & Northrop
  • Louisedale b/w Sherman & Wells
  • Independence b/w Goshen & Hillegas
  • Charleston from Independence to the end
  • Congressional Pkwy from Goshen to the end
  • Conestoga b/w Independence Pkwy & Cannongate
  • Cannongate b/w Conestoga & Cavalier
  • Cavalier b/w Cannongate & Independence
  • Camino Ct from Independence to the end
  • Corrinado Ct from Independence to the end
  • Charleston Place from Independence to the end
  • State b/w Tyler & Hillegas
  • Lindenwood b/w Spring & Jefferson
  • Spring b/w Lindenwood & Sprunger
  • Clinton b/w Coliseum & Ridgewood
  • N. Clinton b/w St joe Ctr & Auburn Rd
  • 6500 Coldwater
  • 4000-3000 Transportation
  • Investment Dr
  • Research Dr
  • Executive Blvd
  • Production
  • Profit Dr
  • Dividend Dr
  • Progress Dr
  • Director Row
  • Secretary Dr
  • Newagn Road
  • Industrial b/w Washington Ctr & Coliseum
  • Ley b/w Industrial & Speedway
  • Speedway b/w Coliseum & Ley
  • Harris Rd b/w Goshen & Coliseum
  • Butler Rd b/w Goshen & Hillegas
  • Sherman b/w Coliseum & Russel
  • Franke Pk Dr b/w Sherman & Wells
  • Mobile Dr b/w Fernhill & N. Terminus
  • 400-1800 E. Cook Rd
  • 100-200 NS W. Cook Rd
  • 100-1500 Ludwig Rd
  • 6000-6500 Sharon Dr
  • 5500-6800 Huguenard Rd
  • 3800-4500 Merchant
  • 6400 Commodity
  • 6200-6400 Discount
  • 3800-4000 Option Pass
  • 2500-4100 W. Washington Ctr
  • 3500-5100 Hatfield Rd

 

SouthEast Berms

  • Wayne Trace b/w Elevation & Paulding Rd
  • Hessen Cassel b/w Oxford & the city limits
  • Old Decatur b/w Lafayette & Tillman
  • Old Decatur from Anthony east to dead end
  • Hanna b/w Paulding & Tillman
  • Anthony b/w US 27 S and Fox Point Trail
  • Paulding b/w Hessen Cassel & Wayne Trace

 

South WestBerms

  • Bluffton Rd b/w Engle & Ferguson
  • Winchester Rd b/w Bluffton & Lwr Huntington
  • Airport b/w Baerfield Thruway & Ferguson
  • Old Trail b/w Bluffton Rd & Prarie Grove
  • Baer Rd b/w Baerfield Thruway & McArthur
  • Ferguson b/w Bluffton & Indianapolis Rd to Baerfield Thruway
  • Lwr Huntington b/w Baer & Smith Rd
  • Ardmore b/w Lwr Huntington & Taylor
  • Taylor b/w Ardmore & US 24
  • Baerfield Thruway b/w Airport & Dalman Rd to Smith Rd
  • Engle b/w Bluffton & Smith Rd
  • Covington Rd b/w Ardmore & US 24
  • Smith Rd b/w Covington Rd to city limits west side
  • US 24 from city limits to Getz
  • US 24 from South Bend to Randall Rd
  • Taylor b/w Portage & US 24

traffic barricades

 

The Street Department places barricades as requested by citizens when theycomply with the city's barricade, block party, or parade permits (permits can be obtained through the Right-of-Way department).

We also provide/place barricades for other traffic related incidences where necessary. Some examples are: accidents, large holes in the roadway, high water, etc.

Why Crack Seal?

Maintenance departments are under siege trying to keep up with pavement cracks and pothole repairs. Prevention is much cheaper than repair. Research shows that active crack sealing programs are cost effective in extending the life of pavement as opposed to the cost of extensive pavement repairs for streets left unsealed. Traditionally, crack sealing has been low on the priority list, both in terms of funding and time allotments. However, an effective crack sealing program is the single best weapon against pavement failure.

Cracking is caused either by thermal stresses or from fatigue due to repeated traffic loading (concrete streets have control joints or saw joints to allow for expansion and contraction). The vast majority of potholes and pavement failures can be traced to water entering the base and sub-grade through joints that have not been crack sealed in both concrete and asphalt. In most pavements, the base, sub-base or sub-grade consists of a material that loses its load-carrying capacity when wet. Water enters through the cracks and traffic works and overloads the weakened areas allowing more and more water to enter. This can cause potholes to develop rapidly and more severe pavement failures if left unsealed.

While ideal times to crack seal are in the spring and fall of the year, since the cooler temperatures cause the pavement cracks to be open wider, the department has been using a sealing process that allows us to crack seal throughout most of the summer.

We have been sealing with a band-aid method using a sealant that is a mixture of polypropylene fibers and liquid asphalt. As long as temperatures are not so hot that the material will not set up properly (approximately 85 degrees and up) and would cause tracking when traffic drives through it, we are able to seal. We have been using this process since 1998 at 10 miles a year; agressively completing 75 miles since 2001.

Crack seal streets

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