The City of Montgomery Public Works Department provides for the maintenance of city street right-of-way, municipal parking lots, including patching, paving, seal coating, traffic control signage, street sweeping, and cleaning of storm sewers. In addition, the department provides for the snow and ice removal from streets in the winter.
Seal coating is the most common method of preventative street maintenance. This surface treatment seals and protects existing pavement and adds new life to streets, but does not add structural strength.
The City of Montgomery annually schedules a section of streets to be seal coated by an outside contractor. The general timeline for seal coating is 5 years after construction to provide the first seal and thereafter about every 7 years.
Montgomery uses a single surface treatment, which means a single application of asphalt is sprayed on the existing bituminous surface followed with a single layer of aggregate (small pieces of rock) as uniform as possible. The treatment is about 3/8" thick - the maximum size aggregate particles used. This type of material provides excellent wear and waterproofing; and also improves skid resistance.
Here are a few things to expect during the seal coating process:
If you have any questions about a particular street, contact the Public Works office at 507.364.5770.
Snow Removal & Ice Control
During the winter months, the City street crew performs many duties, but snow and ice removal is the top priority. On average, Montgomery's 4-person crew plows the City 10 times per year. During a typical snowfall, the crew uses 6 pieces of equipment and drives approximately 55 miles to plow and sand the streets and alleys.
Plow Damage - Sometimes property damage occurs when snowplows are operating. If possible, remove any obstacles from the right-of-way or mark them clearly to aid plow drivers. Make sure your mailbox is solid and securely fastened to the box. Mailboxes are repaired or replaced only if the plow makes direct contact.
Often, plow drivers literally "feel" their way along streets because of poor conditions, and regrettably lawns are damaged. If this happens to you, please report it to the Public Works office at 507.364.5017.
Damages are repaired each spring with black dirt and lawn seed.
Don't Crowd the Plow!
We all share in the responsibility of keeping our roads safe. It is very important for residents, especially children, to know snow plow safety ideas:
City crews use a sand-salt mixture on icy areas. This does not guarantee totally ice-free streets, so drive carefully even where sanding is visible. Priority areas are sanded first, and include:
Montgomery is proud of its clean streets. Main street (First Street) is swept April thru October. Other street sweeping is performed on a scheduled basis early spring and late fall.
The purpose of spring sweeping is to collect all the sand that was spread on the streets for traction the previous winter and other debris that has collected on the streets over the winter months. This process starts early to allow the sand pick up before it is washed into the storm sewers. On average, it takes about two or three weeks to complete spring sweeping.
Fall sweeping is normally started sometime in late September or early October. The timeline is not as critical as spring. In fall, leaves are the big concern and areas with heavy foliage are last to be swept in an attempt to sweep up as many leaves as possible. Streets that have been seal coated earlier in the summer also are re-swept to pickup any rock that may have been loosened by the traffic.
Please review the documents listed below to learn more about the city’s snowplowing policies, street assessment policy, street sweeping, and mailbox installation.