Street Division

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The mission of the Street Division is to provide the safest and most efficient means of travel possible. Also provided are services directed toward the public health of our citizens. As the seasons change, so do the Division’s priorities. Should a special project need the Division’s assistance, priorities can, and do, change weekly.

The Street Division is staffed by a Street Superintendent and Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Mechanic, Crew Leader, and Equipment Operators. The Division’s responsibilities include maintaining 200 lane miles of streets, over 4,000 traffic signs, and 19 miles of guardrails.

As a quick glance, the seasonal schedule is:

  • Winter, from December through March, the Division’s attention is directed toward snow and ice control. It takes 10 – 12 hours to clear all residential streets. As the temperatures rise, the patching of potholes begins in streets and alleys. The street sweeper begins operating on a daily basis.
  • Spring begins the construction/repair season. Catch basins and storm tile are repaired and concrete is poured where needed. In accordance with the Americans Disabilities Act, the construction of wheel chair ramps take place as well.
  • Summer starts the pavement marking of crosswalks, stop bars arrows, and school zones. In the summer evenings, state licensed operators conduct the mosquito spraying program in the city.
  • Late October starts the leaf pick up season. Two vacuum trucks make several passes throughout the city for many weeks to pick up leaves.

The employees understand that many of the operations are time sensitive. However, each person possesses various knowledge and skills that enhances the Division’s ability to meet these challenges. That’s what makes the division work well together.

Snow and Ice Removal

Residents are required to keep sidewalks adjacent to their property clear of snow and ice. City Ordinance §905.07 requires all walks to be cleared within 24 hours after the cessation of a storm.

When plowing is required in the central business district, the Mayor will declare a parking ban on downtown streets until all snow on the streets has been cleared. The snow will be hauled from the downtown area.

We currently use a liquid material to prevent ice build-up when the forecast allows.  We use approximately 600 to 700 ton of salt per year and several thousand gallons of liquid. It takes approximately 12 hours to plow all residential streets, 5 hours to plow the downtown area and its parking lots, and another 12 hours to haul the snow away.

Mailboxes hit with snow off of the plows are not the responsibility of the City.  However, if a plow itself hits one, please call right away so it can be determined what happened.

Pavement Maintenance

The Street Division is responsible for most of the pavement markings done in the city; such as, cross walks, stop bars, parking stalls, handicap stencils, turning lanes and legends, as well as school zones.

The City maintains over 200 miles of streets. The Street Division plays a vital role in the selections of the streets to be resurfaced. Annually, funds are allocated for the purpose of pavement crack sealing. The Pavement Repairs Program consists of repairs after curb inlet construction, water main breaks, or distressed pavement sections not feasible to be included in the resurfacing program. Funds are budgeted annually toward this program.

Other Maintenance Responsibilities

The City is responsible for maintaining walks at all intersecting streets. Citizens are responsible for maintaining their sidewalks.

The City inspects and maintains all alleys, both stone and hard surface. While the City does NOT provide snow plow service in alleys, City crews will fill potholes in hard surface alleys as needed and re-grade stone alleys and placing additional material as needed.

Wheelchair Ramp Maintenance
The City of Defiance complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under this Act, the City repairs curbs at predetermined intersections, making it possible for the handicapped and disabled to cross streets free of barriers. Whenever a street is resurfaced or curb repaired, wheelchair ramps are constructed.

There are over 19 miles of guardrails in the city that are maintained by the City Street Crews. Repairs to the posts, rails, end barriers, as well as, controlling vegetation growth around the guardrails are a part of the guardrail maintenance.

Storm Drains
The Streets Division is responsible for maintaining all storm water sewers as well as all curb, yard, and ditch inlets.

Traffic Signs and Light Maintenance

The Street Division maintains all traffic signals and pedestrian light hardware. Hardware includes the cabinets housing the red, yellow, and green lenses and all bulbs.

The Engineering Division becomes involved when there is a loss of power to the lights or when the normal sequence is interrupted. This is usually an indication of failed wiring, motors, or computers.

The Street Division maintains 4,000 traffic signs to insure clear visibility, proper height, and proper location, as all are regulated by the Federal Highway Administration.

Contact Information:

Street Division
1441 Quality Drive
Defiance, Ohio 43512




Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.