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Until you need them, they are obscurely and quietly working behind the scenes all hours of the day and night keeping Deerfield Beach's roads swept. The Streets Maintenance Division of the Environmental Services Department maintains minor street repairs, such as patching potholes, resurfacing streets as needed, meeting requirements for the NPDES and the repair of nearly 5,000 feet of sidewalk in the course of a year.
Street Maintenance and Repair
One of the major roles of the Streets Maintenance team is to overlay asphalt on streets that need repair. Our Street Maintenance Division responds quickly to the repair of a city street requiring asphalt overlay of no more than 700 to 1000 feet. An asphalt repair larger than 1000 feet is contracted out through the City Engineer. The Florida Department Of Transportation maintains large repair projects and the main City thoroughfares such as Hillsboro Boulevard, 10th Street, Powerline Road and Federal Highway. However, our Streets Division, with support from the Engineering Department, manages all the projects involving installation of new storm drains. The Streets Division also maintains all City parking lots.
The Street Division is also responsible for street signs that are found throughout the City. They repair and replace stop signs in residential areas as well as repaint stop bars.
Another major responsibility of the Streets Maintenance Division is the maintenance of storm drains. Again, the Department of Transportation is responsible for maintenance of the drains twice a year on the roads they maintain. Prior to storms, a crew from the Streets Maintenance Division cleans the grates and aprons to insure good drainage during a storm. However, when storm drains are backed up and require flushing, the Street Maintenance team services them. After heavy rainfalls, City crew works feverishly to keep the roads as clear of water as possible.
Due to the older drain infrastructure, it's very difficult to clear the streets quickly. The City is also responsible for meeting the guidelines for the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). The need to keep our water source clean and free of contamination is recognized on a national level. Recently the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) created guidelines that municipalities, such as Deerfield Beach, must meet in order to keep our storm drains and other water control systems free of pollution.
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Debris such as plastic bags, bottles, motor oil bottles, wrappers and etc. thrown in the storm drains or near the drains, flows directly into a container pond that contaminates our water source. The consequence is pollution directly affecting the water life and wild life surrounding the ponds and other water sources. The garbage we see flowing into the drains is not processed or treated. If more people would not put their used oil, motor oil cans or any debris in the street or storm drains, it would help to keepthe City clean and lessen water pollution too.
A Sweeping Success
This is where both of our Super Johnston Street Sweepers appears. The sweeper cleans all gutters and gutter swale areas, as well as sweeping the streets, to prevent debris from entering into the storm drains. The only time the sweeper does not run is during bad storm conditions and rainy weather. If you do have the opportunity to see the sweeper in action, don't be confused. Yes, you really are seeing the driver of the sweeper on the wrong side of the vehicle. The sweeper can be driven on both the left and right side of the vehicle, which adds to its efficiency. The Street Sweeper operates during hours of the day and evening when residents are disturbed the least.
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. twice per month
Midnight to 8 a.m. once or twice per week
Medians & Curbs:
3 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. once or twice per week
To report illegal dumping of hazardous waste into a storm drain, please call 954-480-4270. If you have any concerns regarding improperly working storm drains (such as clogged storm drains), or street sweeping , please call 954-480-4270.
To report damaged roads (such as potholes needing to be repaired), damaged signs, city sidewalks or city parking lots, please call 954-480-4395.
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150 NE 2nd Avenue Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 954-480-4200