Streets & Maintenance

The Street and Maintenance Department provides the City of El Paso with street infrastructure maintenance and traffic engineering services designed to enhance and sustain the community’s transportation network. Other responsibilities include maintaining the City’s fleet and facilities.

Street Operations

The City performs operations in order to maintain the quality of the streets, with the big 3 being:

  • Medians Division: Over 50 miles of landscaped and 40 miles of non-landscaped medians are maintained city wide with a variety of landscaping plans from low maintenance rock to irrigated areas with trees and grass. Medians are sprayed for weeds, cleaned, have trees planted or pruned, and have sprinklers fixed by a dedicated staff, including certified irrigators, herbicide applicators, installers, and local street maintenance crews.
  • Street Sweeping: The sweeping program sweeps over 35,000 curb miles annually of roadway each year, every street is covered a minimum of four times annually with the Great Streets (Montana, Dyer, Mesa, North Loop and Alameda) being covered completely every two weeks and the Downtown area being swept four times per week. Bike lanes are swept once a month. We meet the PM10 regulations for air quality as outlined by the State Implementation Plan.
  • Street Maintenance: The Department of Transportation manages various asphalt maintenance procedures with one of the most visible being the pothole patching function, performed by seven work crews with specialized trucks, these crews patch more than 200,000 square feet of City streets a year. Another program, which is the most cost effective, is the annual crack sealing activity, which is seasonally linked to the colder months and extends the life of paved surfaces by sealing the surface and increasing the ride quality. More than 270,000 linear feet of City streets are maintained yearly by two specialized crews using trailer mounted crack sealers.

Pavement Cut Program Permits & Inspections

Pavement cut involves any excavating, boring, coring, or drilling in city right-of-way (ROW) areas. These cuts are usually performed in order to change, fix, or remove features in order to improve streets/ROWs. Proper forms must be filled before anything can be done to the ROW.  The following are required to get a permit and make a pavement cut:

The following are required to make a pavement cut inspection:

  • Must be scheduled 24 hours prior to the commencement of any work
  • Request must be between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday (For Friday and Monday inspection requests, please schedule on Thursday before 4:00 pm)
  • Schedule appointment with the Data Management section at (915) 212-0151 or email requests to pavementcut@elpasotexas.gov
  • Obtain a Special Privilege License if inspection involves a telecommunication or utility company by visiting the OneStop Shop or calling (915) 212-0104.

Bike Lanes

The City of El Paso has recently installed several new bicycle lanes across the City and is currently implementing many more changes to increase bicycling safety and awareness. Recently, bike lane counts at several locations were conducted to analyze the usage of bike facilities based on an average, continuous 15-hour period. This information will be incorporated into future bicycle planning efforts at the City. For example, Edgemere Boulevard, which links several neighborhoods, schools, and retail establishments, show high ridership along this eight-mile bike path.

View Bike Lanes

The City  is currently pursuing the creation of a more connected bicycle network. The City offers several types of lanes, roadway markings, and signage to create a safer and more comfortable bicycling experience. As the City continues to develop a bicycle plan, further counts will be conducted to gather ridership data providing an accurate depiction of bicycle use throughout the city. The ridership information will be used, in part, to determine locations of new bicycle facilities. 

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Anti Graffiti Program

The Anti-Graffiti program is a wipe-out effort led by a full-time team of anti-graffiti technicians. This team goes through the community removing tagging from parks, homes, and street signs because graffiti is not only an eyesore; it lowers property values, attracts more graffiti, and threatens public safety. You can help Make a Difference in the battle against tagging by reporting the activity.

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