!!! City Closure!!!
The City of West Sacramento will be closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic starting March 17, 2020 and lasting until April 13, 2020. During this time Public Works will be observing a few changes in work flow to minimize exposure and still provide essential services.
- If you are experiencing a Sewer, Roads, or Water emergency please call (916) 617-4850 as we will have a skeleton crew on hand for emergencies.
- During the closure we will NOT be doing the following:
- Renting Hydrant Meters, Backflows, etc.
- Oil Drop-off
- Receiving Vendors
2020 Sweeping Schedule
The 2020 Street Sweeping Schedule has arrived! Please take a look!
What Does the Public Works Department Do?
The City of West Sacramento Public Works Department is responsible for the City's road, water, sewer, storm drain, facilities, fleet, and equipment maintenance. In addition, this department operates and maintains the City’s Water Treatment Plant, the City’s Street Sweeping Program, and the Graffiti and Pothole Hotline. View our street sweeping schedule and map.
What used to be the Engineering and Mobility divisions have branched off to become their own department! To see information on City projects and Transportation please visit the new Capital Projects and Transportation page!
The Environmental Services division has also found a new home within the City's Community Development department. To view their services please visit the Environmental Services and Sustainability Division page!
What is a pothole?
A pothole is a hole or depression in the roadway that may vary in size and shape. In the City, a pothole is considered an area of missing or deteriorated pavement that is up to approximately 25 square feet in size. Sometimes other pavement surface damage is believed to be a pothole, however, not all road defects are categorized as potholes.
How are potholes fixed?
Pothole repairs typically fall into one of these three categories depending on the location, cause of the pothole and the severity:
1. Pothole Repair: This is the most common method used. This process involves filling the missing area with replacement pavement material. For areas with light traffic, cold patches are typically used because of the quick application process. For high traffic areas or for large potholes, hot mix asphalt is used for higher durability and performance.
2. Base Repair: For base repair, road maintenance staff removes the distressed area of pavement where the broken asphalt is allowing for water to get through and is weakening the subgrade material. Once removed, hot mix asphalt is placed, and a roller is used to compact the asphalt.
3. Rehabilitation: In some cases, the pavement may have multiple potholes and failures. For instances like this, the pavement may require complete rehabilitation. For rehabilitation, the asphalt is completely removed, the subbase material is replaced, and a new layer of hot mix asphalt is applied. This process is very expensive and is completed by Capital Improvement Projects and not road maintenance staff.
How is pothole repair prioritized?
Potholes are prioritized based on various criteria, including the size and depth of the pothole, location, speed and amount of traffic on that road. In general, repairs are prioritized in the following order:
1. Arterial Streets
2. Collector Streets
3. Residential Streets
If a pothole is deemed dangerous, it will be treated as an emergency.