Streets & Alleys
Sedalia is home to more than 140 miles of paved roadways. The Street Operations & Maintenance Division maintains these roadways and also assists in maintaining alleys.
The Street Operations & Maintenance Division is responsible for traffic control, monitoring, and maintenance within the city limits. The City is responsible for maintaining seven signalized intersections.
- Main and Ohio
- Main and Missouri
- Main and Grand
- Ohio and 2nd
- Ohio and 3rd
- Ohio and 4th
- Ohio and 5th
To report a malfunction of signalized intersections included in the above list, call Street Operations & Maintenance Division at (660) 827-7820. If calling after 4:00 pm or on weekends, please call (660) 826-8100.
All other signalized intersections (along U.S. Highway 50 or U.S. Highway 65) are maintained by the Missouri Department of Transportation. To report a malfunction at these State-owned intersections, please contact MoDOT. For Emergency concerns (especially signals on flash or dark and downed stop signs), please contact MoDOT immediately at 1 (888) 275-6636. For non-emergency concerns, please complete a Road Concern Report at https://www.modot.org/report-road-concern.
The Street Operations & Maintenance Division performs routine street sweeping to keep our streets clean. Sweeping also increases vehicle and pedestrian safety. Sweeping is performed year-round and is weather dependent. Summer sweeping consists of sweeping the downtown area every week and the rest of the City on a rotating basis.
Potholes are generally caused by moisture, freeze-thaw action, traffic, poor underlying base support, or some combination of these factors. The Street Operations & Maintenance Division fixes potholes using an asphalt mix.
If you would like to report a pothole to the Street Operations & Maintenance Division, please call (660) 827-7820. Let us know the location of the pothole or leave us a voice mail detailing the pothole's location.
Chip seal is a resurfacing technique that places a thin layer of asphalt emulsion, followed immediately by the application of rock chips, over pavement surfaces that are in sound condition. The Chip seal process “seals” an asphalt roadway and reduces impacts from freezing and thawing during the winter months. Chip seal virtually eliminates black ice.
Pavement cracking requires routine proactive maintenance strategies to mitigate and extend the pavement’s service life. Cracking requires treatment to prevent moisture from getting underneath the roadway and accelerating pavement deterioration.
Crack filling and sealing are two of the main preventative maintenance practices for pavements. Failure to repair or treat cracks in a timely fashion can accelerate deterioration.
Pavement Markings and Signs
The Street Division installs and maintains pavement markings and various street and traffic control signs. To report damaged or missing signs, please contact the Street Division at (660) 827-7820. Let us know the location of any missing or damaged signs.
The Street Division maintains all on-street pavement markings within the City of Sedalia, except those along U.S. Highways 50 and 65 and State of Missouri routes. State of Missouri routes includes Highway Y (W. 16th St. west of U.S. Highway 65), and Highway B (Green Ridge Road southwest of the U.S. Highway 65 and 32nd St. intersection).
Pavement markings in the City of Sedalia are usually placed using a hand-operated paint machine. Painting operations are protected by either a trailing vehicle or by traffic cones. Regardless, traffic should be cognizant and avoid running over freshly painted lines.
Public Tree Trimming and Removal
The Street Operations & Maintenance Division maintains public right-of-ways including the public trees within these spaces.
Residents can assist with monitoring public trees in their neighborhoods. For city trees along sidewalks, medians, or abreast streets, please report the following issues:
- Damaged, declining, or dead trees
- Overgrown branches obstructing the visibility of traffic or school signs
- Overgrown branches obstructing visibility at intersections
- Broken or downed limbs due to extreme weather conditions
- Branches interfering with private property - driveways, roofs, fences, vehicles
- Branches hanging too low over the street or sidewalk
- Structural failure - significant trunk damage, cracks, or leaning
To report a public tree in need of maintenance, you may call (660) 827-7820. Please let us know the location of the public tree or leave a voice mail message detailing the public tree’s location.
Winter Weather Information
During the winter months when more than two inches of snow/sleet/ice is expected within a 24-hour period, Public Works will declare a city snow emergency. A city snow emergency requires that the Emergency Snow Routes be put into effect. View the Emergency Snow Routes page for more information.
Standard Snow & Ice Control Priorities
To maximize available resources, priorities have been established for snow removal. Depending on the nature and severity of the storm, deviations could occur. The established priorities are as follows:
- Primary Streets: Emergency Snow Routes and Arterial routes
- Service Level – Plowing will typically begin with 2” of snow accumulation. Planned complete snow and ice control within 24 hours of snowfall ending.
- Secondary Streets: Collector Streets and All Other Residential Streets
- Service Level – Plowing will typically begin with more than 4” of snow accumulation. This will ensure that they are passable to emergency services and the general public upon the completion of Priority 1.
The top priority remains to clear the Snow Emergency Routes. The snow depths for plowing are guidelines and may not be followed for each storm event. The Public Works Director has discretion based upon current and forecasted weather and pavement conditions.
Snow and ice concerns can be reported online or by contacting Public Works at (660) 827-3000 ext. 1166.
Snowplows plow far and wide, sometimes very wide. The front plow extends several feet in front of the truck and may cross the centerline and shoulder during plowing operations.
To be safe, don't tailgate or stop too close behind snowplows. Snowplows usually spread deicing materials from the back of the truck. Snowplows may stop or take evasive action to avoid obstructions or stranded vehicles. If you find yourself behind a snowplow, stay behind it or use extreme caution when passing. Remember, the snowplow is making the road behind it safer for you and a snowplow operator's field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you.