The Capital Improvement Program is responsible for construction projects involving City facilities. The Program strives to maintain the City's infrastructure and to rebuild, expand or construct new infrastructure facilities when necessary.
These projects are administered by the City. However, the work is performed by outside contractors. All construction work is inspected to ensure compliance with City specifications. Information on the current and upcoming projects can be found on the City's Construction Update link. Check it out to see what is happening.
Citizen Notification of Public Improvement Projects
The City of Prairie Village prides itself on keeping citizens informed. The following is a brief synopsis of the notification process for property owners directly affected by City construction projects:
Street Work, Storm Drainage and Concrete Repair Projects
• Notified via letter 2 weeks prior to construction beginning on the street.
• Notified via door-hanger 48 hours prior to any work on the property.
Slurry Seal Projects
• Notified via door-hanger 48 hours prior.
Crack Seal Projects
• Notified via door-hanger 24 hours prior.
Street Maintenance and Repair
The City's program emphasizes the prevention of road surface deterioration by filling cracks and sealing streets. As the road surface deteriorates, the surface is milled and replaced with new asphalt. When necessary, portions or the entire street is reconstructed.
The Public Works Department maintains an inventory of all of the City's infrastructure and its condition. Each year, 20-25% of the infrastructure is rated as to its condition. These inventories and condition ratings are utilized to determine what repairs should be made.
Like streets, the City also maintains a storm drainage system of inlets, pipes and channels. The drainage program is primarily for the repair/replacement of the existing system. On a specific case basis, new projects will be constructed after analysis of costs and benefits.
Typical activities are repair of broken concrete in the City sidewalk and curb/gutter system. Maintenance on sidewalks includes grinding high spots less than one inch and temporary patches. In some cases small sections of curb/gutters may be temporary patched. Both sidewalks and curbs/gutters are replaced as part of an annual construction contract.