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How does the City determine which streets and treatments to schedule for preventive maintenance work?

The appropriate maintenance treatment for a street is selected based on the street condition. In addition to visual inspections and nondestructive testing, software is used to perform a cost benefit analysis to ensure the treatments are applied at the right time in the pavement lifecycle. This allows the City to maximize available funding and ensure best results for the dollar. Effective and timely placement of the proper maintenance treatments can prevent much larger repair expenses in the future.

Why are some streets receiving street maintenance, but appear to be in really good condition?

Proper maintenance is what makes your car, house and street last so long. If an overlay is placed while a street is still in relatively good condition, the street will continue to function properly for many years. It is important to protect the Citys investment in the street system and maintain streets before they deteriorate beyond repair. Streets requiring complete reconstruction are extremely expensive. In 2011, the Street Maintenance Department will spend approximately 65% of the total budget to maintain good streets and 35% to reconstruct streets in poor condition.

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How will the program let the citizens know what is going on with street repair?

The City of Fort Collins is committed to keeping you informed of projects that will affect your neighborhood and your commute. If a project is scheduled for your neighborhood, the City will provide detailed dates, schedules and progress reports through door notices. We also work with project contractors to make sure that signs, such as no parking signs and message boards, are posted and visible and that these devices are placed and removed at appropriate times.

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Why do some streets crack immediately after work has been completed?

As with any asphalt surface, reflection of larger cracks will occur. Thicker pavement will reduce moisture from seeping down to the subgrade/foundation. Slurry seal is a preventive maintenance and is designed to extend the life of a quality pavement. Slurry seal is designed to fill surface cracks in the asphalt however reflection of these cracks through the slurry seal is anticipated. The primary purpose of a Hot-in-Place Recycling treatment is to correct surface distresses not caused by structural inadequacy. Ruts and holes are filled, shoves and bums are leveled, drainage and crowns are re-established and street safety is enhanced through improved skid resistance.

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Who determines if speed bumps will be installed on a street?

This is handled by the City of Fort Collins Traffic Department. For additional information, please call 970-221-6630.

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Why does the City schedule construction during school times?

Construction on the Street Maintenance Program starts as early as March and continues nonstop into November because the workload is so heavy. There is often an extensive amount of underground utility work to be done in advance of an overlay to minimize future excavation in the new street. This coordination helps maintain the streets integrity and keeps maintenance costs down. Unfortunately, it also means that some streets will be completed later in the year.

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Will my trash and recycling still be picked up during construction?

Both should be picked up as scheduled if the road is open. If there is a road closure during the time of your normal trash pickup, it will be your responsibility to schedule an alternate pick-up time with your service provider. Removal service companies will be notified of the road closures as well. Please contact your service provider directly with questions regarding pick-up and rescheduling.

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I have a special needs request. Who can I contact?

Please call the City of Fort Collins Streets Department at 970-221-6615 to coordinate any special needs requests. The contractor and the City will work with residents to accommodate access.

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What determines repair for concrete curb, gutter and sidewalk?

Although City Code states that adjacent property owners are responsible for the repair of concrete curb, gutter and sidewalk, the City may choose to repair concrete when one or more of the following conditions is present:

  • trip hazards
  • drainage issues
  • severe spalling and fractures
  • concrete settlements
  • pooling of water
  • safety concerns
  • installation of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant pedestrian access ramps

If you are interested in additional concrete work not covered by the above situations, or on private property (for example, the sidewalk up to a front door, a driveway, or a driveway approach to replace driveover curb, gutter and sidewalk), please contact the contractor directly. Contractor information is available from the Streets Department, 970-221-6615. Repairs of this nature must be covered entirely at your expense. Please make these arrangements as soon as possible so the contractor can coordinate their schedule with the City's repair work.

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How will street work impact adjoining properties?

Except for streets that have excessive parking needs, unusually high traffic for a local street, or a safety problem that can be addressed with a wider roadway, the SMP is set up to maintain the existing width of roadways. This strategy minimizes construction impacts on driveways, trees, bushes, and landscaping. However, there are times where significant impacts cannot be avoided.

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No Parking signs were put on my street and no work was done. Why?

Weather, especially rain and other precipitation, can delay work as well as create equipment issues. The signs will remain in place until work can begin. Please watch for revised dates on No Parking signs when these conditions occur.

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