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Reporting Street Damage | Pavement Repairs & Concrete Blowups | Curb Problems | Pothole Repair | Storm Water Drainage/Inlet Maintenance | Dead Animals | Street Sweeping

Reporting Street Damage or Problems
  1. Report Street Damage online to the Public Works department.
  2. Call our City Maintenance Facility between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 515-965-6481.
Pavement Repairs & Concrete Blowups

The Public Works Division is responsible for the maintenance of 216 miles of roadway in Ankeny, which include 176 miles of residential/collector streets, 31 miles of arterial/rural roads and 5 miles of gravel roads. The repairs to city streets consist mainly of full depth concrete patching and asphalt overlays. In 2011, Ankeny expended $1,345,000 on street repair and replacement projects, including our annual PCC patching project, an asphalt overlay / patching project, and full PCC street replacement project.  The city completes such repair and replacement projects on an annual basis.

During the summer months, high temperatures cause the street to expand and the concrete to explode. This causes the street to heave and the pavement to crumble, resulting in a concrete blowup. The city crews repair these emergency concrete blowup sections of street in-house. If you see a section of pavement that is broken into pieces and is beginning to heave or has heaved, please Report the Pothole to us.

Curb Problems

The Ankeny Public Works Division is responsible for over 1.5 million lineal feet of curb and repair is an ongoing reconstruction process. The street maintenance office keeps a list of locations of curb problems that have been reported by residents or by city crews. The most effective long-term repair of a curb is reconstruction. The curb repair locations that receive the highest priority are curbs that have been completely removed or curbs damaged by snow removal equipment. Please Report the damage to us.

Pothole Repair

The Public Works Division is responsible for the maintenance of 457 lane miles of pavement and receives pothole repair requests throughout the entire year. The potholes on major arterial streets are given the highest priority, but all potholes are generally repaired within 24 hours after they are reported. The repairs include patching the potholes, depressions, bumps and other defects in the city streets. If you see a big pothole that needs to be repaired within the Ankeny city limits, please report it. Please Report the Pothole to us.

Storm Water Drainage/Inlet Maintenance

The storm drainage system collects water and carries it away from buildings and streets. Catch basins are concrete structures that collect water and channel it into the storm sewer system. These catch basins are cleaned out on an annual basis and an assessment is made of their condition at that time. During the year debris collects on the catch basin grates, which can cause street flooding. This debris can be anything from leaves and grass to snow and ice. If minimal flooding in the street occurs, capable residents are encouraged to help by removing the debris collected on the grate. The street maintenance office keeps a list of drainage problems that have been reported by residents and responds to them as workload allows. Please Report the damage to us.

Dead Animals

The Public Works Division will pick-up dead animals on the public streets, alleys or sidewalks. Dead animals found on private property are the responsibility of the property owner to dispose of properly. Please Report the dead animal to us.

Street Sweeping

The City of Ankeny has two street sweepers that clean the City’s 457 lane miles of streets and 281 cul-de-sacs. The frequency of street sweeping is based on the level of traffic on the street. The primary season for the street sweepers is from March to December. The City’s arterial and collector streets are swept on a monthly basis in the spring and fall. During the summer months the streets are scheduled for sweeping about every six weeks. The residential streets are scheduled for sweeping about every 6-8 weeks throughout the year.

The post winter cleanup occurs in the early spring. During this cleanup, the residential streets are swept several times to clean off the accumulation of debris from the winter months. The streets where construction is occurring will receive extra attention and will be swept on an as needed basis. For unusual circumstances such as broken glass, please contact us and we will be happy to clean it up. Please Report the damage to us.


Last updated: 11/9/2011 4:15:26 PM