The Public Works Department is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the City’s street, drainage, and transportation systems by providing planning, design and maintenance.
The Capital Program Division directs the development and construction for the City’s Capital Program for general improvement projects. Proposed water and sewer projects, administered by the Water Utilities Department are also included in the City’s Capital Program.
Engineering is responsible for the acquisition of land and the design and construction of capital improvement projects on streets, bridges and drainage systems. The division reviews, inspects, and approves all subdivision and commercial/industrial site development plans to ensure compliance with the City’s specifications and codes. Engineering updates and maintains the various maps and files of all city-owned properties and right of way and manages inter-local agreements for engineering and construction projects. This division provides survey work for the City.
In November 2011, the Beaumont City Council awarded a contract to IMS Infrastructure Management Services, LLc (IMS) of Tempe, Arizona to assess the condition of our street infrastructure. In January of 2012, IMS started their work. IMS utilized a specialized van to travel each lane of roadway to acquire data for the study. Included in the acquired data were ways to measure the surface distress and roughness of the road. The project was substantially completed in July 2013. The graph and spreadsheet below are a way to interpret the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) score for each segment of road maintained in the City.
The following illustration compares Pavement Condition Index (PCI) to commonly used descriptive terms. The divisions between the terms are not fixed, but are meant to reflect common perceptions of condition.
The general idea of what these condition levels mean with respect to remaining life and typical rehabilitation action is included in the following table:
The Streets and Drainage Division maintains the City’s streets and right of ways. This includes tree trimming and removal; mowing; and herbicide treatment. This responsibility covers 750 miles of streets (involving 306 miles of asphalt streets; 312 miles of concrete streets; 87 miles of concrete streets with an asphalt overlay; seven miles of roads that have an unimproved riding surface such as dirt, shell or caliche) and 38 miles of unimproved right-of-ways; a drainage ditch system more than 840 miles in length; an underground drainage system of more than 400 miles; and approximately 20,000 catch basins. The division also oversees a street sweeping program which addresses all curb and gutter streets throughout the City.