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Street and Fleet is a Division of the Community Services Department.

The Street Division is responsible for the repair and maintenance of over 324 miles of city streets, traffic signs, pavement markings, curb and gutter, catch basins, storm sewers, detention ponds, and culverts.

The Fleet Division help keeps the city “moving” by providing and maintaining anything with wheels. This includes over 400 fire trucks, transit buses, snow plows, street sweepers, police, utility, maintenance, and parks and forestry vehicles, and maintenance machinery like utility vehicles, snow blowers, and lawn mowers.

The City of Eau Claire City Council, at the Tuesday, October 8, 2019 legislative meeting, voted to approve an ordinance that returned the City of Eau Claire to “Alternate Side Parking” rules between November 1st and May 1st.

Visit our Alternate Side Parking page to learn more!

Weed Control & Turf Maintenance

Anyone who owns, occupies, or controls land in the City of Eau Claire is required to:

destroy all objectionable weeds on such property and the boulevard in front of, or along the property, before the plants mature to the bloom or flower stage.

  • Any owner or occupant of any premises having a lawn is also required to cut and maintain it at a height not exceeding 7″, as well as the boulevard in front of or along such premises.
  • It is also the responsibility of the property owners to trim trees, shrubs and bushes which grow over sidewalks or obstruct the vision of oncoming traffic.
  • Sidewalks must be kept reasonably free of snow and ice.
  • They must be cleared within 24 hours following a snowfall or the development of icy conditions.
  • Icy or snow-covered sidewalks can be reported to the Street Division by email at Community Services or by calling 715-839-4963.
    • Residents at the addresses reported will be notified by door hanger of the violation
    • Note that only one door hanger notification will be given for the season.

If the walks are not cleared, the owner will be issued a citation and the City or a private vendor will clean the sidewalk and bill the property owner. See City Ordinance Chapter 13.20 for further details.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email communityservices or call 715-839-4963.

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During late winter and early spring the weather starts to warm up and as the snow and ice melt we also see the development of potholes in city streets.

Report potholes or potentially hazardous street conditions by email to communityservices or call 715-839-4963. Please provide the exact location of the pothole or issue. (ie, between 2100 and 2103 Smith Street)

Micro-Surface Sealing

The Micro-Surface seal program is designed to improve the quality of your street and to prolong the life of the street. Micro-Surface sealing is a cost effective, preventative maintenance method that will help avoid costly street reconstruction in the future.

Micro-Surface sealing is a process that is wet when applied, and will need at least 8 hours of drying time (curing) before it can receive any type of traffic. Driving or walking on the Micro surface seal before it has cured will damage the street, stick to your shoes, track into your home or business, splatter onto your vehicle, and track onto sidewalks and driveways.

Chip Sealing

The chip sealing program is designed to improve the quality of your street and to delay the need of resurfacing or total reconstruction. Chip sealing is a cost effective preventative maintenance method, used to extend the useful life of Eau Claire streets. It is intended for application on streets that are still in good condition, structurally sound, and in need of little repair.

Chip sealing is a process that involves applying emulsion oil and chips (3/8″ fractured washed granite) to the streets surface. The chips are compacted into the emulsion oil and left to cure for approximately 24 hours.

Crack Sealing

The process involves widening the cracks out, blowing the cracks clean, pouring liquid asphalt into them, and then placing a biodegradable paper product over the asphalt to allow for vehicle traffic.

Approximately 113 miles of cracks are sealed annually, using 60 tons of liquid asphalt.

Contact Information
Contact the City of Eau Claire Streets Division at 715-839-4963 during our regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4pm).

An effective street cleaning operation program is important for removing debris from roadsides and gutters which could ultimately end up in our storm drains. Keeping the storm drains clear not only helps mitigate water pollution, but also reduces the likelihood of flooding during heavy rains.

In addition to the standard spring and fall clean-up operations, street sweepers sweep the entire city throughout the summer. There are also watershed areas within the city that are swept more frequently to meet DNR requirements.

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Mission: The mission of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is to transform San Francisco’s streets and neighborhoods into more livable and safe places by promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation.

Geographic areas served: San Francisco

Programs: In 2011, the sfbc education fund stepped up its programs to educate bicyclists about safe riding, as well as reaching out to motorists about safe driving. We helped grow the city’s safe routes to school program, working closely with the sf department of public health and other partners, to reach second and fourth graders in 15 local schools with the message of safe walking and biking. We also organized and led the city’s third annual bike to school day with more than 2,000 people participating. We also continued our free classes teaching kids to ride, “freedom from training wheels,” and our regular family day events in the park. Throughout the year we hosted free urban cycling workshops, teaching hundreds of adults how to be confident, safe and respectful when biking on city streets. These classes, in partnership with the sf municipal transportation agency, help promote safe streets and biking in san francisco.

we continued, and even expanded, our ongoing promotion of bicycling in 2011, making it easier for more people to try bicycling as a safe, affordable, healthy, and convenient way to move around. Our successful outreach events include bike to work day, in which tens of thousands of people try biking, and regular energizer stations, in which we recognize and celebrate people who are already biking. We also reached out to local businesses to help their employees feel comfortable and confident in trying bicycling.

in 2011, we continued to be a core partner in san francisco’s growing sunday streets program. We organized hundreds of volunteers for each of the regular events, which open up streets to people for healthy activity such as bicycling, walking, and skating by closing them to cars for a few hours on sundays. We are proud to have helped san francisco become one of the first major north american cities to launch such a program, and today continue as a core programming partner and the lead volunteer organizer, which includes recruiting, training and managing hundreds of volunteers each event.

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Driving in the metro area can be difficult when motorists have trouble seeing the lines on the road, especially at night when it’s raining. The issue prompted scores of respondents to our Curious Louis project to wonder why more reflective paint isn’t used on local streets. We looked into their concerns and found it’s mostly a matter of rough winters and tight budgets.

“As soon as it snows and the plows go down, all that reflectivity is gone because those beads are being sheared off by the plows.”

For the most part, all traffic striping used in the metro area is reflective. Trouble is, it’s often just not very effective or durable.

St. Louis uses an acetone-based paint with glass beads embedded on top. St. Louis County and the Missouri Department of Transportation predominantly use water-borne paint with beads. Both techniques are cost effective, but tend to break down within a year or so on high volume roads.

“Oh yeah, it’s a major issue,” said BJ Penick, the estimator for Traffic Control Co., which contracts road surfacing work with MoDOT and county municipalities. “Really, the local and state budgets can’t afford the materials needed in order to combat that,” he said.

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Penick said the area’s harsh winter weather makes it even harder to keep road lines bright and reflective.

“Especially after the snow season: As soon as it snows and the plows go down, all that reflectivity is gone because those beads are being sheared off by the plows,” he said.

How to be an effective donation collector on city streets

Other states like Illinois and Indiana tend to use more high-durability markings such as thermoplastic or epoxy resins, said Penick. Both techniques are more effective, but cost a great deal more as well.

Herculaneum, Festus and Creve Coeur, however, are outliers in budgeting more for their road markings, which Penick said are some of the best in the region. According to Creve Coeur’s civil engineer Rich Berans, the results are worth the costs.

“We found it beneficial to use the epoxy pavement markings,” he said. “They are about four times more expensive than the water-borne [paint] but on low-volume roads like we have on residential streets, the epoxy will hold up for five to six years, maybe more.”

In contrast, St. Louis’ high-volume major roads are typically striped twice a year and minor routes get re-painted at the start of each spring. However, in an email, St. Louis’ Traffic Commissioner Deanna Venker said an unusually wet spring limited how much striping work could be completed on city streets last year.

Despite concerns raised by residents, Venker and many experts agree that diminished road marking visibility is a universal issue.

“My experience is the same whether I’m on routes in the county, city or state (even across the river). At night and in the rain, we have diminished visibility across the board,” said Venker.

“Unfortunately the solutions at this time are very pricey in a climate that leaves [transportation departments], cities and counties in a holding pattern.”

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Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is the largest municipal utility in the United States, serving over four million residents. It was founded in 1902 to supply water to residents and businesses in Los Angeles and surrounding communities.

LADWP has been funding tree planting through its energy efficiency programs since 1998. Under California law, every utility must invest money in energy efficiency and reach certain goals. Shade tree programs continue to provide a cost-effective component of LADWP’s energy efficiency portfolio. Trees save energy by shading homes and buildings, allowing air conditioners to use less kilowatt hours to keep our homes and businesses comfortable. Trees are a great investment for energy efficiency because they become more effective at saving energy with age. Through this tree planting program, LADWP is investing in the green future of Los Angeles while meeting its requirements to save energy.

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Los Angeles Conservation Corps

The LA Conservation Corps has been one of the most prolific planters of public space trees in Los Angeles. Over the past 22 years, the LA Corps has engaged more than 20,000 young people in environmental service projects like tree planting to improve the quality of life across greater L.A.

Los Angeles Beautification Team (LABT)

LABT is a grassroots oriented non-profit which works throughout LA County implementing tree planting and other environmental projects in partnership with local communities. Headquartered in Hollywood, their mission is to help build healthy neighborhoods and schools through community capacity building, environmental education, and sustainable physical improvements, and to create job opportunities for at-risk youth.

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Koreatown Youth and Community Center

The Koreatown Youth & Community Center is a non-profit, community-based organization that has been focused on serving the Koreatown and central Los Angeles communities since 1975. KYCC’s programs and services are mainly directed towards recently-immigrated, economically-disadvantaged youth and their families who experience difficulties due to language and cultural barriers. KYCC’s Environmental Services Unit programs include tree planting, energy and natural resource conservation, recycling, graffiti abatement, and community cleanup events.

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North East Trees

North East Trees’ mission is to bring nature back to our urban environment. They were founded in 1989 by Scott Wilson, a retired LAUSD high school teacher. NET focuses on stormwater management, parks design, and watershed rehabilitation, in addition to planting trees in LA neighborhoods with City Plants.


Founded in 1973 by teenagers, TreePeople staff and volunteers plant trees on city streets, school campuses and the mountains surrounding Los Angeles. They run excellent forestry education classes and work with numerous Citizen Foresters throughout Southern California to encourage people to plant and care for trees. TreePeople’s work is about helping nature heal our cities.

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LA Community Garden Council

The Los Angeles Community Garden Council’s mission is to strengthen communities by building and supporting community gardens where every person in Los Angeles County can grow healthy food in their neighborhood. The Los Angeles Community Garden Council (LACGC) partners with 42 community gardens in LA County to take care of the business side of gardening and give Angelenos more time to get dirty in the garden. They also offer gardening advice and workshops to more than 125 community gardens in LA County. LACGC’s gardens include: Traditional community gardens where people rent a plot to grow their own fresh produce; Educational gardens where we teach gardening, landscaping, nutrition and cooking; Urban farms where volunteers grow vegetables for local markets and people in need.

Community Services Unlimited

CSU’s mission is to foster the creation of communities actively working to address the inequalities and systemic barriers that make sustainable communities and self-reliant life-styles unattainable. CSU is committed to supporting and creating justice-driven community-based programs and educational initiatives, which seek to foster dialogue, and create awareness and critical consciousness.The organization runs an urban farm and The Village Marketplace, among many other programs.

As a non-profit organization, City Plants works alongside many City of Los Angeles departments, bureaus, council districts, and neighborhood councils to plant and distribute trees throughout the city.

A sealcoat is a preventive maintenance surface treatment designed to preserve and extend the life of a street. Like brushing your teeth or changing the oil in your car, preventative maintenance prolongs street conditions by preventing premature deterioration.

What street will be paved next?

Use our Street Maintenance Map to see if your street is scheduled this year.

Why is sealcoat maintenance important?

Sealcoat is extremely effective, as well as inexpensive, creating better efficiency for our tax dollars. The City of Austin has been using sealcoat for several decades to keep streets in good condition and prolong their lifetime.

The street aging process is slow at first, but after nine to ten years, the process accelerates. Cracks widen and allow more water to enter, creating potholes and patches. Sealcoat is applied to streets to stop the oxidation and slow the cracking. This treatment can substantially extend the life of a street as much as 15 years.

My street is getting paved. When do I need to move my car?

Cars along streets scheduled for maintenance need to be moved during crew work time. This is from 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on weekdays and 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on weekends. If rain is in the forecast, the street will be rescheduled for the next clear workday.

Residents may call the Street Resurfacing Hotline at 512-974-9788 for the locations that will be sealcoated the next day. Residents can also call 3-1-1 if they have other questions about street maintenance.

How long does the sealcoat process take?

On most streets, the first pass of work is done very quickly, taking about 30 minutes per block and lane. (Note that some driveways may be closed off during this time.) The first sweeping, however, will not take place for 24 to 36 hours from this time.

It takes about a month after sealcoat maintenance for the new surface to completely cure and lock firmly into place. During this time, the road is open to regular traffic.

Why is there excess gravel left on my street?

Some gravel particles will break loose under hard braking or fast acceleration. Because we do not move parked cars during the sweeping phase, there may be some loose gravel left underneath. Additionally, spots may occasionally be missed by sweepers, particularly at intersections or corners. However, all of this typically amounts to less than a gallon of gravel per block. Please call 512-974-8777 if you need Street and Bridge to sweep up any excess gravel left on your street.

Is the material in sealcoat environmentally friendly?

Yes. Sealcoat is made up of a water-based asphaltic binder that does not contain any coal tar. Coal tar has been implicated as a contaminant in storm-water runoff. The asphaltic binder Austin uses in a completely different material. The sealcoat used to protect the aging street surface does not leach, crumble, or break down.

How can the sealcoat material be removed from.

If the asphaltic binder is tracked onto shoes, carpets, or cars, WD-40 will soften the asphalt and allow it to be wiped off (but spot test carpets for color stability). If the material becomes stuck on people or pets, baby oil will dilute the material.

If the material is tracked onto a concrete driveway or sidewalk, do not dilute it, as it will soak into the concrete. If a large area is involved, sand blasting can remove the asphalt, but excessive blasting could damage the concrete finish. For smaller areas, it may be better to let the material wear off with normal traffic.

The sealcoat surface is too rough. My kids can’t rollerblade and my dog can’t walk in the street. What can be done to smooth it out?

The surface will smooth out over the first four to six weeks as the material cures and the gravel particles interlock and embed into a tighter surface. While this process is slow, it is happening. The street will look completely different in six to eight weeks with a darker, tighter, smoother surface. It will never be as slick as the old surface, but it will provide better wet weather traction and preserve the remaining life of the street. Dogs, cats, and squirrels are usually back on the street within 10 days!

The City of Benicia (City) Public Works Department operates and maintains approximately 196 lane miles of streets valued at $112 million. The City’s Pavement Management Program (PMP) assigns each street a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) based on factors specified by Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). Staff rely on PCI, geographical distribution of potential projects, potential impacts to residents, and integration with other roadway projects when selecting street segments to be included in the biennial PMP.

  • Crack Seal: Proactive activity to delay further damage to the driving surface. Streets form cracks in the driving surface with age that allow moisture to enter the subsurface which accelerate deterioration. Cracks with one eight-inch separation must be filled with a bitumastic sealant.
  • Microsurfacing: The application of water, asphalt emulsion, aggregate (small crushed rock), and chemical additives to existing asphalt pavement surface. Microsurfacing is applied in order to help preserve and protect the underlying pavement structure and provide a new driving surface.
  • Dig out and Replace: The replacement of driving surface and sub grade to an area of the street with severely compromised asphalt and sub grade. These areas must be dugout and stabilized before improvements to the driving surface are made.
  • Total Replacement: A total replacement project includes the complete removal and reconstruction of the existing street system, sub grade, base, and driving surface. The most capital-intensive option but it used to properly address major structural issues, storm water collection and conveyance, geometrics, and the need to add capacity.

The City uses StreetSaver, a software developed by MTC, to inventory streets, assess and forecast pavement condition, record maintenance and rehabilitation work, evaluate budget needs, and evaluate impacts of funding in network wide pavement condition over time. Each PCI is related to a general pavement condition and a proposed treatment to increase the PCI. A PCI of 100 is a newly constructed street, while a PCI of 25 or less is a failed street.

Maintenance Strategies per PCI




Crack Seal and/or Slurry Seal

Slurry Seal or Microsurface

Grind and overlay

In January 2018, Fugro Roadway, Inc. (Fugro) completed the Budget Operations Report for City streets and roadways, identifying the City’s overall PCI as 56. While PCI of 56 equates to a “Good” overall pavement condition, over 25% of City streets had a PCI less than 25, which is considered “Very Poor” and in need of a complete reconstruction.

Fugro used StreetSaver’s budget scenario module to develop a sensitivity analysis. The analysis evaluated the impacts of various budget scenarios on PCI, deferred maintenance, and average remaining service life of the roadway network. Based on the analysis, Fugro recommended that the City’s strategy should include slurry seals, microsurfacing, and “grind and overlays” to maintain “Good” and “Very Good” streets as a cost-effective maintenance activity.

Before 2018, the City PMP prioritized street reconstruction streets and conducting minimal maintenance on “Good” and “Very Good” streets. These projects drastically improved street segment PCI but had minimal effect on the City’s overall PCI. Based on Fugro’s recommendations, the City’s current two-year PMP includes a mix of maintaining “Good” and “Very Good” streets and reconstructing “Very Poor” streets. A mixed maintenance/replacement strategy is fiscally prudent because it is far more cost effective to keep good streets in good condition than letting streets deteriorate to the point where they require reconstruction. Reconstruction is 10 to 40 times more expensive than a slurry seal or microsurfacing application (street maintenance).

Methodology on Selecting Roads for Maintenance and Rehabilitation Projects:

As recommended in the PMP, staff scheduled a microsurfacing project for “Very Good” and “Good” streets in the summer of 2020 (Attached Street List 1) and a grind and overlay project for “Poor” streets in the summer 2021 (Attached Street List 1A). The summer of 2020 microsurfacing project on streets with a PCI between 80 and 61 will cost $1,902,235. The summer of 2021 grind and overlay project on streets with a PCI between 18 and 8 will cost $4,902,514

When selecting street segments for these projects, staff attempted to select street segments that minimized disruption to residents, avoided conflicts with other upcoming City roadway and utility projects, and were located near other project locations to minimize mobilization and travel time for contractors. In future PMP projects, staff will select streets in other parts of the City to ensure equity. Staff is also seeking to partner with other local agencies, such as Solano County on joint pavement rehabilitation projects.

To learn more call 746-4240 or, click on the documents listed below:

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Everyone knows trees provide shade, and it beautifies our landscape. But it has been noticed over the years, that tree canopy in cities have decreased.

Large trees are cut-off and replaced by smaller species. There younger replanted trees struggle to reach maturity due to the paved surroundings around them. It’s not an easy life for a city-dwelling tree.

They could improve the liveability of our cities if town planners and municipalities factored sustainable urban design.

So in this post, I’m going to make a case for why we need more trees. Here are nine reasons why planting trees in urban environments should be given high priority.

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1. Trees keep the city streets cool

Cities without trees remain hotter than rural areas where trees are abundant. Tree-less cities are hotter and this heat can cause health problems, including discomfort, heat cramps and heat stroke.

Green spaces offer shading which has a cooling and calming effect providing a reprieve for residents and helps to reduce the energy needed to cool down buildings and homes.

Trees also absorb pollutant gases and filters the toxicity out by trapping it in their barks and leaves. If you plant trees in urban streetscapes, heat is absorbed helping to keep the roads and buildings cool.

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2. Plants and trees provide safety

A long straight line of mature trees across the urban street will create a wall and a defined edge and the overhanging canopy is visually appealing too. Trees provide a physical barrier between people walking on the sidewalks and motorists on the road. It creates a secure environment for homes and business centres.

3. Trees can cut down traffic noise

Trees reduce engine noise created by vehicles. Broad leafy trees are powerful enough to absorb a great deal of noise created by small and large vehicles. Small trees too can block traffic noise from reaching private homes.

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4. Plantation increases property value

Tree-lined streets appear more stable and prosperous, and particularly if the trees are mature. Trees and plants have aesthetic value and beautify any property, consequently helping to increase property value by 5 – 15%.

5. Trees help to reduce stress levels

People living in urban areas can suffer from high stress levels and concrete surroundings only add to the feelings of emotional disconnectedness and anxiety.

Planting trees near urban streets is a great way to help residents destress as nature has a calming effect. Trees and green spaces also provides families an incentive to go out for walks and helps to increase outdoor activity.

Well-kept green suburbs also creates neighborhood pride and fosters community spirit and helps to build trust amongst residents.

6. Plants and trees purify water in urban regions

Cities that are surrounded by various waterways have a greater chance of being polluted by plants, refineries, and human waste. This negatively affects the urban landscape and creates a threat to the natural environment.

One solution to this problem is planting the right type of trees near bodies of water. In urban areas, trees can help to reduce the amount of pollutant loading by purifying and storing water, fighting against flood and promoting cleaner waterways.

7. Trees help to lower electricity bills

Compared to rural areas, city temperatures are hotter, and this is because sunlight absorbs materials like concrete, asphalt and dark rock like material. It radiates heat into the surrounding air and buildings warming the urban environment.

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As temperatures rise, people are forced to use fans and air conditioners to help cool their offices and homes.

Trees however are a cost-effective way to reduce urban temperatures, providing shade which cools our homes and offices. In turn, we don’t need to run our cooling systems as often which effectively helps to reduce energy usage and electricity expenses.

So if you have the space to plant a tree or several, then do so. The cost benefits alone are well worth the planting effort.

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8. Trees enhance community well-being

Many researchers have proven that visual beauty and sensual enhancement of trees improves people’s mood. Better landscaping and streets lined with trees can reduce crime rates, domestic abuse and strengthen relationships among neighbours. It also encourages people to take strolls around the neighbourhood and even drivers slow down in an urban street lined with trees.

9. Planting trees enhances environmental awareness

By proactively planting trees around your school, playground, parks, company premises and your home, you are setting an example for children and young people, helping them connect with the nature and learn the importance of conserving our natural environment. Furthermore, c hildren should have access to nature as it helps to reduce mental fatigue.