Street Operations & Maintenance Division
The Street Operations & Maintenance Division is responsible for the maintenance of the City’s more than 140 miles of paved roadways and assists in maintaining alleys. This includes: pavement repair such as mill and overlay, chip seal work, crack seal work and pothole repair; concrete repairs of roadways, sidewalks, curbs and gutters and concrete-surfaced storm drain channels; pavement markings, signs, and signal repair; public tree maintenance; ditch/culvert maintenance; and snow removal. This Division also provides street sweeping for streets maintained by the City. The downtown business district is swept on a weekly basis and residential areas are swept periodically.
The Street Operations & Maintenance Division is responsible for traffic control, monitoring, and maintenance within the city limits. The City is responsible for maintaining 7 signalized intersections.
List of Signalized Intersections in Sedalia, Missouri
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 or after 4:00 p.m. and on weekends (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 operations for vehicle and pedestrian safety, to keep our streets clean, and to reduce air and water pollution by preventing trash, sand, salt, and other pollutants from entering and plugging our storm water system. The City of Sedalia’s Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit issued by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources indicates that we must prevent or reduce storm water pollution from streets, roads, and highways. The street sweeping program is one way we accomplish this. Sweeping is performed year-round, 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. The Street Operations & Maintenance Division works across all areas of the City of Sedalia year round as weather permits.
If you would like to report a pothole to the Street Operations & Maintenance Division, you may call (660)827-7820 and let us know the location of the pothole or leave us a voice mail message detailing the pothole's location.
Chip and seal
• 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. Chip Seal provides a coarse wearing surface with increased tire traction, improving safety during winter driving conditions and helping to protect and lengthen the life of the asphalt driving surface. Virtually eliminating black ice.
• The Chip Seal process “seals” an asphalt roadway and reduces impacts from freezing and thawing during winter months which cause potholes to form and roadway surfaces to fail.
• 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. Neglecting cracks results in significant problems such as potholes and pavement failure, which will cost more to maintain and repair.
• Crack filling and sealing is one of the main preventative maintenance practices for pavements. Since failure to repair/treat cracks in a timely fashion can lead to accelerated deterioration, it is important to find effective solutions to minimize its effect and extend the service life of our roads.
Pavement Mill & Overlay
Pavement mill and overlay is used when a road has reached the end of its service life. To perform a pavement overlay, crews mill, or remove, the top layer of asphalt from the surface of the roadway. Base failure repairs are performed in any spots on the roadway where there are underlying weaknesses that would cause a newly paved road to deteriorate. A new layer of asphalt is applied and compacted with a roller. Overlay operations may begin as early as March and continue through mid-November, weather permitting.
Summer 2021 Mill & Overlay Projects (Begin mid-Aug. 2021)
W. 3rd St. from S. Ohio Ave. to S. Park Ave.
W. 16th St. from S. Park Ave. to S. Warren Ave.
S. Grand Ave. from W. Broadway Blvd. to the south
edge of the Clinton Road Intersection
Roadway Cut Repairs
A roadway cut repair is performed when the pavement has failed in a localized area to such an extent that the underlying support materials have disintegrated or otherwise lost their load carrying capacity. Roadway cut repairs require the removal and replacement of much, if not all, of the underlying base/sub-base materials.
The pavement reclamation process involves grinding of the asphalt roadway and repair of the base, as needed; an injection of a binder into the ground roadway material is then used to stabilize the base; and application of 2” of asphalt to base as the finish surface.
Pavement Markings and Signs
The Street Division installs and maintains pavement markings and various street and traffic control signs. To report damaged or missing stop signs, street name signs or any other traffic control signs. Please contact the Street Division at (660)827-7820 and let us know the location of any missing or damaged sign or leave us a voice mail message detailing the type of sign missing or damaged and its’ location.
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, such as 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), as examples .
Pavement markings define traffic lanes, parking stalls, stop and yield lines, pedestrian and school crosswalks, arrows and other pavement legends. Pavement markings provide guidance on the path for safe travel for both vehicles and pedestrians and are generally located on higher traffic streets.
Pavement markings are typically either white or yellow markings. White markings are generally used for lane lines of traffic going in the same direction, right edge lines, crosswalks, stop and yield lines, arrows, legends, and parking stalls. Yellow pavement markings generally provide for the separation of traffic flows in different directions, left edge lines, and some median formations.
Pavement markings in the City of Sedalia are generally placed using a hand operated paint machine. Painting operations are protected by a trailing vehicle or by traffic cones, but 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. The City’s Public Works Department has been fortunate to receive Missouri Department of Conservation TRIM grants to complete inventories of the public trees within our community. This information from the tree inventory allows the Street Division to identify trees to be removed and replaced or trees requiring maintenance.
Residents can assist with monitoring public trees in their neighborhoods. For city trees along sidewalks, medians, or along streets, please report the following issues:
- Damaged, declining or dead trees
- Overgrown branches obstructing visibility of traffic or school signs, or around corners 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 and 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 and the Emergency Snow Routes are put into effect. Click here to view the Emergency Snow Route Map.
Standard Snow & Ice Control Priorities
In order to make the most efficient use of available resources, priorities have been established using the assumption that the severity of a storm is not beyond the normal capabilities of the City’s snow and ice control resources. Depending on the nature of the snowstorm, 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 to ensure that they are passable to emergency services and the general public as necessary upon completion of Priority 1.
The top priority, Snow Emergency Routes, will be constantly monitored and if snow persists we will return to those areas for plowing and/or treating before moving to Priority 2 roadways.
The snow depths for plowing are guidelines and may not be adhered to 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 to:
- Public Works at (660) 827-3000 ext. 1166
Safe Travel During Winter Months -- Snowplow Safety
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. Snow plows are usually spreading deicing materials from the back of the truck and may stop or take evasive action to avoid obstructions or stranded vehicles. If you find yourself behind a snow plow, stay behind it or use extreme caution when passing. Remember -- the snowplow is making the road behind it safer for you to drive on and a snowplow operator's field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you.
Building and maintenance of streets and sidewalks within the City of Sedalia are supported by the City's General Fund from sales tax and state and federal funds, as are made available.