Streets Division of the Public Works Department

The Streets Division provides a comprehensive maintenance program for streets, parkways, and sidewalks. The Village maintains 167 center lane miles of streets, as well as 246 miles of sidewalks.

Responsibilities


This Division is responsible for:
  • Filling cracks
  • Maintaining parkways and parks
  • Patching pavement
  • Provide installation and maintenance of all signs on Village maintained streets
  • Providing snow and ice control
  • Repairing potholes

  1. Roadway Jurisdiction
  2. Street Signs & Requests
  3. Traffic Signals
  4. Snow Removal

Roadway Jurisdiction


The Village of Indian Head Park in conjunction with the Village Engineer have created a map (PDF) that shows the jurisdiction for roadways throughout the village. The jurisdiction determines what entity is responsible for maintaining the roadways. Public Works does not have authority to do repairs, plow or maintain County and State roads.

Roadway Concerns


If you have a concern about a roadway maintained by Indian Head Park please call the Public Works Department at 708-246-3154 to report its location.
  1. Pavement Life Extension Program
  2. Pavement Overlay Process

Pavement Life Extension Program


On a yearly basis, the Village of Indian Head Park is now undertaking a Street
Life-Extension Program designed to extend pavement life until funds are available to
upgrade and meet the Village's goal of maintaining all Village streets at or above the
"good" level as defined by the PASER Program. PASER is a computer-based
pavement management system developed by the University of Wisconsin. A yearly
pavement review permits our Village Engineer to visibly rate our road system. The
observations are entered into the PASER Program and a rating is calculated.
All streets rated below "good" are then considered for inclusion in the upcoming
year's Pavement Renovation Program.

Priority & Evaluation


After the specific street sections have been selected for possible renovation, the streets
must be prioritized based on funding availability and life-safety issues. The Village
Engineering staff makes a preliminary evaluation for curb and gutter replacement
based on physical conditions of the curb and gutter systems, including severe
deterioration or other structural deficiencies that would impair curb function: to
efficiently remove surface water from the pavement system. Additionally, the physical
state of the pavement is determined and appropriate
corrective actions are considered. 

Methods


The primary means of pavement life-extension consist of the following methods:

Water is the single most significant factor in determining how well a pavement          
system performs over its life and what its lifespan will be, assuming original design and
construction was correctly done. The first and foremost means for maintenance of the 
existing pavements is to correctly apply crack-filling and patching. This is to be done 
before a pavement has deteriorated excessively. Ideally, yearly maintenance is needed 
to properly accomplish the desired pavement life extension with this system. This 
activity is mandatory to properly care for and most economically maintain our pavement
system.

Pavement Rejuvenation using a sprayed rejuvenator compound is applied both to 
relatively new as well as older, weathered pavements. Significant benefits are seen, 
with pavement life-extension of several years typically achievable at very low cost, 
assuming the rejuvenation system is applied at an early enough stage and that normal 
maintenance is properly carried out prior to and after the rejuvenation application.

Overlay of the existing Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) pavements is appropriate for 
the more heavily trafficked and/or distressed pavements, and is the most expensive 
means short of reconstruction for extending a pavement system lifespan. However, 
overlay of the pavement without proper preparation and repair of the underlying 
pavement system has all too often been thought to be a panacea for all of the distress 
conditions found in the typical HMA pavement in the Village. Repair of actual failed 
pavement areas and use of a geofabric reflection crack-limiting membrane system 
after milling is essential to providing a long-lived pavement system before the new 
overlay is installed.