Public Works Department is in charge of the maintenance of the public right of way that includes the street or alley in front of any property within the City of Trinidad, the traffic signal, the striping, and the storm drain system. For any information within the City of Trinidad's public right of way, survey records and plans, please contact (719) 846-9843 ext 125.
Any work or activity within the public right of way is considered an off-site improvement. That is, if anyone is digging, constructing, or doing any work on Public Street, sidewalk, curb or gutter or any underground work within the public right of way such as sewer, curb drains, etc.; these are considered off-site improvements. Any off-site improvement or any activity within the public right of way requires an excavation permit from the Public Works Department. Encroachment permit fees are also required and vary depending on the type of work being done.
For further information, please contact Public Works Engineering Division Monday thru Friday from 8:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at (719) 846-9843 ext 125.
Streets and Bridge personnel are responsible for some curb and gutter repair, bridge repair, and concrete street and alley maintenance. Crews assigned to this activity also assist during major rehabilitative projects.
Asphalt maintenance functions such as partial and full depth patching, pothole repair, and surface seals are performed by this activity. Additionally, personnel assigned to asphalt repair also assist in larger projects such as street rehabilitation and reconstruction projects.
Repairs consist of using a polymer modified sealant intended to seal cracks in asphalt to prevent moisture from seeping below the surface level and into the base. Infiltration of water into the base level ultimately leads to a debilitated base structure. This preventive measure is normally applied during the spring and fall season.
This is not a permanent maintenance process. The service life of seal coats on average is 5 to 7 years depending upon traffic volumes, weather, and construction techniques, etc. Seal coats are capable of preventing and correcting a variety of maintenance problems, such as small cracks, ravelling, and flushing. Seal coats can seal existing pavements against the penetration of air and/or water, thus reducing pavement oxidation, and can enrich a dry and/or ravelled surface. Seal coats can also provide or improve skid resistance qualities of a pavement surface as well as arrest fatigue block deterioration. Favorable weather conditions are important because inclement weather (cold, wet), particularly in combination with high-volume traffic, can be detrimental to seal coat construction and performance.
Streets and Bridge personnel are also tasked with the maintenance of all public gravel streets and alleys.
Typically the Engineering Department will design and bid the street overlay projects. The Streets and Bridge department assist in identifying the locations for the up coming years overlay and street rehabilitations projects.
The Street & Bridges Department uses an area concept to ensure as many roads within the city limits receive a fair amount of coverage. Sweeper operators cover approximately 152 standard lane miles of roads within the city. The amount of debris in each area dictates the speed at which the operator is able to complete an area. There is one street sweeper presently in operation. Although low hanging tree limbs and accumulations of silt and debris in gutters are a constant challenge to the program; arterial and collector streets are the highest priority.