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Meet our Department: Public Works Division – Street, Traffic and Drainage

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Department overview: The City’s Public Works Operations Division is responsible for Street maintenance both minor and major, Traffic maintenance including signs, markings, and signals, and Drainage maintenance including channel, stormwater pipe, and inlet cleaning.

Department divisions:

Traffic: The Traffic Department provides for transportation/traffic project development and implementation of the roadway system, including: traffic operations; traffic signals, signs, markings and school flashers; construction, operation and ongoing maintenance; professional assistance; and coordination with other agencies regarding transportation and traffic issues.

Streets: Road improvements and transportation issues are some of the biggest concerns of community members within the City of Denton. The City is continually working on improving our transportation network and has recently completed several critical road projects, with many more in the works. Many of the projects the Streets Department focus on provides alternate routes around our community.

Drainage: The Drainage Department works hard to provide stormwater management services to protect the city from flooding, maintain the city’s stormwater infrastructure, and improve stormwater quality. To achieve this, our drainage crews work year-round inspecting, maintaining, and cleaning the channels and the storm sewers. In addition to this, the drainage crews also checking creek crossings after storms, mowing the earthen channels and detention ponds, handling flood safety measures, and street sweeping.

Number of employees: 60

Longest serving employee: Rogelio San Miguel, Streets Department – 29 years

How does this department impact daily life for Denton residents? The services we provide likely impact the lives of every resident and visitor on a daily basis in one way or another. Whether it be the roads you drive on, the stormwater systems that protect your home from flooding, our staff is committed to the safety and welfare of our community members.

What is the most common question received by this department and what is the answer?

When will my street be reconstructed? Public Works is working very hard to prioritize all roadways in the City. The department uses a road condition rating called the Overall Condition Index (OCI) to determine the general condition of the roadway. OCI ratings range from 0-100, with 100 being a roadway in perfect condition. The roadway surveys are completed every 5 years by an contracted firm to grade all of the City of Denton streets.

What would residents be surprised to learn about this department? Although we are not the largest department within the City, our work impacts community members, visitors, and employees in one way or another. The Public Works Operation Division of Streets, Traffic and Drainage oversee:

  • Over 1400 lane miles of City streets;

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    8500 storm inlets;

  • 2500 storm manholes;

  • Over 290 miles of storm pipe;

  • 16 miles of lined channels;

  • 14 miles of earthen channels;

  • 1.4 million feet of pavement markings;

  • 66K raised pavement markers;

  • 130 signalized intersections; and

  • 68 traffic cameras throughout the city.

How can residents get involved with the Department?

Report a Road Concern: To report a road concern within the City of Denton, including potholes, visit www.engagedenton.com, or download the mobile app to get started. You can submit anonymous reports or provide contact information to receive follow-up info from staff.

Weekly Street Closure Report: Residents can stay informed on the latest road and transportation projects using the weekly street closure report at www.improvingdenton.com.

What else should residents know about this department? We sincerely appreciate feedback from our residents. Whether it be a pothole in a street, a traffic signal that is malfunctioning or a detention pond that is not draining, we want to know if there is something that needs to be repaired. Although we inspect our facilities/infrastructure routinely, things come up between our visits and we like to address problems before they become safety issues.

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