To report an area in need of road repair, please contact Customer Service at321-952-3438. You can also contact us via email, or you can send us an electronic Customer Service Request.
City Maintained Dirt Roads
Publc Works has developed and implemented a road grading program that provides for routine road grading maintenance on city maintained dirt roads. These dirt roads are inspected and graded as necessary on a weekly schedule.
In an effort to maintain the grass medians and roadside areas which enhance our community, yet stay within tight budget constraints, the City has arranged a schedule of variable frequencies of mowing. The City utilizes numerous mowing contractors to handle the enormous task of maintaining vegetation in our city of approximately 100 square miles. The grass medians and roadsides on high traffic, arterial and collector roads are cut more frequently than other roadsides in an effort to maintain visibility and appearance in these areas. The prime considerations with other roadsides are to maintain the safety and drainage conditions. Greenbelts, City owned easements and other publicly owned properties are mowed as well to maintain safety, drainage conditions and appearance. It should be noted that during the low growth season of roughly fall through spring, the frequency of the City's contracted mowing is reduced.
While striving to keep their neighborhoods safe and attractive, many homeowners choose to routinely maintain nearby vacant lot roadsides when they mow their own yards. A big THANK YOU to those who help keep our City beautiful with their tremendous efforts.
Public Works is responsible for pothole repair on all City-maintained roadways. Typically, the pothole repair area is outlined on sound pavement that exceeds the dimensions of the failed area. The area is then cut and all debris, damaged asphalt, dirt and water are removed from the hole. A tack coat is applied and the hole filled with hot mix asphalt for the best quality and longest lasting repairs. Pothole repairs are scheduled by unit and on a complaint basis. Potholes on collector roads, such as Emerson Drive, Jupiter Blvd. and San Filippo Drive are handled on a priority basis.
Street Signs & Maintenance
More than 20,000 street name signs and stop signs will be placed on a seven-year rotation for maintenance. The replacement street name signs are increasing in size from 6” tall to 9” tall, and will be more durable and more reflective. Main road signs will have the city logo placed on them.
The drainage system that the City inherited from General Development Corporation has a few shortcomings. Most of the residential units have "swale drainage." Stormwater run-off from the roads and the lots is channeled to a relatively shallow conveyance swale at the edge of the road. These swales then convey the water to "outfalls" throughout the City. Typically these outfalls are either City-maintained canals or canals owned and maintained by the Melbourne-Tillman Water Control District.
In order for the swales to function properly, they must be maintained at the proper slope and also maintained free of obstructions. A properly functioning swale should not hold water for more than 72 hours after rainfall has ceased. The most cost-effective way the City has found to maintain the swales is a process called "trenching." Rotary trencher equipment cuts a shallow, narrow groove in the swale area, establishing the flow line and removing obstructions. Unfortunately, this process also leaves behind the excess dirt from the swale.The City asks our citizens to partner with us to get the most from our limited resources. Consequently, the City’s policy is that the adjacent property owner/resident is responsible to remove or rake the excess dirt to keep it from washing back into the swale.
Through the help and cooperation of our citizens we are able to keep the cost of maintaining these drainage systems very low. For example, the cost for trenching is about 5 cents per linear foot, while the cost of the more traditional swale grading is about $3.25 per linear foot. Also the production rate for trenching is about 15 times faster than swale grading. So, even though the trenching process is messy, it can be done quickly and inexpensively. Many of our citizens do an excellent job maintaining the swale area in their front yards. We really appreciate those efforts to keep the drainage flowing, reducing the amount of work that is necessary for the City crews. With over 1500 miles of swales throughout the City, the Public Works crews can be more responsive to drainage complaints if our citizens assist us with the clean-up effort.
For more information on any of the above, or to report an area in need of road repair, please contact Customer Service at321-952-3438. You can also contact us via email, or you can send us an electronic Customer Service Request.