The Department of Transportation maintains over 50 miles of landscaped and 40 miles of non-landscaped medians, city wide. These medians contain a variety of landscaping plans from low maintenance rock to irrigated areas with trees and grass. The citywide inventory of landscaped medians is maintained by a dedicated staff, including certified irrigators, herbicide applicators and installers. Non-landscaped medians are maintained by the local street maintenance crews.
The City of El Paso operates one of the most comprehensive sweeping programs in the region. This program meets PM10 regulations for air quality as outlined by the State Implementation Plan.
The Sweeping program has moved to provide a high level of service throughout the City in support of community cleanups, civic functions and dedicated service to the most highly traveled corridors within the City.
The sweeping program sweeps over 35,000 curb miles annually of roadway each year, every street is covered a minimum of three times annually with the Great Streets (Montana, Dyer, Mesa, North Loop and Alameda) being covered completely every two weeks and the Downtown area being swept four times per week.
Considered to be the primary focus of the Department of Transportation are the various asphalt maintenance procedures that are performed. The most visible of which is the pothole patching function, performed by seven work crews with specialized trucks, these crews patch in excess of 200,000 square feet of City streets a year.
The most cost-effective maintenance program we perform is the annual crack sealing activity, which is seasonally linked to the colder months. This program extends the life of paved surfaces by sealing the surface and increasing t he ride quality. Over 270,000 linear feet of City street is maintained yearly by two specialized crews using trailer mounted crack sealers.
The Signal Maintenance and construction division operates 558 signalized intersections which have generated 1,875 maintenance calls this fiscal year. In addition to these intersections the Signal Division also maintains 801 street lights in the downtown area, 120 school flashers and 70 traffic warning flashers.
In addition to the normal maintenance of existing signalized intersections 8 additional intersections were constructed this fiscal year.