Street Maintenance

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Reporting Street Damage

  1. Report Street Damage online to the Public Works Department
  2. Call our City Maintenance Facility between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (515) 965-6481.

Pavement Repairs

The repairs to City streets consist mainly of full depth concrete patching and asphalt overlays. In Fiscal Year 2013, Ankeny expended $992,362.27 on street repair and replacement projects, including our annual PCC patching asphalt overlay, and full PCC street replacement projects. The City completes such repair and replacement projects on an annual basis.

Blow-up

During the summer months, high temperatures can cause streets to expand and sometimes concrete may bubble, heave, or "blow-up". City crews will repair these emergency concrete "blow-up" sections of the street. If you see a section of pavement bubbled, heaved, or "blown-up" please report it online.

Curbs

The Public Works Department - Operations Division is responsible for over 1.5 million lineal feet of curb, and curb repair is an ongoing process. The Operations Division maintains a list of curb problem locations reported by residents or City crews. The most effective long-term repair method for a damaged curb is reconstruction. The curb repair locations receiving the highest priority are curbs that have been completely removed or curbs damaged by snow removal equipment. Please report any damaged curb to us.

Pothole Repair

The Operations Division is responsible of maintaining 472 lane miles of pavement and receives pothole repair request throughout the year. The potholes on arterial streets are given the highest priority, but identified potholes are generally repaired within 24 hours after they are reported. The repair generally includes patching the potholes with an asphalt material. Report any large potholes you see within the City limits.

Storm Drainage System Maintenance

The storm drainage system collects storm water and coveys it away from buildings and streets. Catch basins or intakes are concrete structures that collect water and convey it into the storm sewer system. The catch basins are cleaned out and their condition is assessed on an annual basis. Throughout the year, debris collects on the catch basin grates, which can cause street flooding. The debris can include leaves, grass, snow, and ice. If minimal street flooding occurs, capable residents are encouraged to help by removing the debris collected on the catch basin grates. The Operation Division maintains a list of storm drainage system problems reported by residents or City crews, and we work to remedy them as workload allows. Please report Storm Drainage System problems.

Dead Animals

The Public Works Department - Operations Division will pick-up dead animals on the City streets, alleys or sidewalks.  Dead animals found on private property are the responsibility of the property owner to dispose of properly. Please report dead animals on City streets, alleys or sidewalks.

Street Sweeping

The City of Ankeny has two street sweepers that clean the City’s 472 lane miles of streets and 325 cul-de-sacs. The frequency of street sweeping is based upon the level of traffic on the street. The primary season for the street sweeping is between March and December. The City’s arterial and collector streets are swept on a monthly basis in the spring and fall. During the summer the streets are scheduled for sweeping approximately every six weeks. The residential streets are scheduled for sweeping approximately every 6-8 weeks throughout the year.

The post winter cleanup occurs in the early spring. During this cleanup, the residential streets are swept several times to clean off the accumulation of debris from the winter months. The streets where construction is occurring may receive extra attention and will be swept on an as needed basis. For unusual circumstances such as broken glass, please report it online.