Capital Improvement Program
The Capital Improvement Program is the city's long-range plan for improvements to city infrastructure. These improvements included concrete street replacement, sidewalk repair, crack sealing, mudjacking and street resurfacing.
Concrete Street Replacement
The city has an aggressive yearly concrete street replacement program implemented to restore older deteriorating concrete streets with new concrete pavements. To help determine future repair needs, a 5-year replacement schedule is updated yearly. An inspection of streets is made yearly to determine each street's change in condition from the previous year. The schedule is adjusted yearly based on this inspection.
Though not visible to residents, the new concrete streets are built to higher standards to improve the quality and extend the life of our concrete streets.
To protect and extend the life of concrete and asphalt streets, the city undertakes a yearly program to seal cracks and joints in our streets. The community is divided into regions with crack sealing of individual streets on a 4- to 5-year rotation. The process includes cleaning cracks when needed, preparing the crack for sealing and sealing of the crack. The sealing process is quick and allows almost immediate use of the streets.
In recent years, the city has investigated various methods of rejuvenating the surface of asphalt streets that are in otherwise good condition. Most of the processes available have posed inconveniences to our residents. Recently, a thin flexible maintenance treatment called Nova Chip was applied to several asphalt streets with great success. The process is contained within 1 machine and allows traffic to use the treated asphalt streets almost immediately. Ellisville was the first community in the metropolitan area to use this process on aging streets. The city looks forward to further use of this process in coming years.
Sidewalks throughout the city are normally located within public rights-of-way or on easements. The city is responsible for maintaining these sidewalks. City staff conducts yearly inspections of sidewalks for needed repairs. Depending upon the severity of the problems found, the sidewalk surface may be patched or replaced in it's entirety.
Older concrete streets throughout the community may develop voids underneath the street. To protect the streets from damage caused by these voids, they must be filled. The city conducts a yearly mudjacking program to repair these voids before damage can occur to the street. The process requires small holes to be drilled in the street with a mixture of cement, lime and water pumped through the hole and under the street into the void. The number of holes drilled into the street is determined by the size of the void.