The Street System
The city has 46.73 miles of streets! Alleys, sidewalks and rights of way are additional parts of the street system. The Street Division provides maintenance on the street system, including striping, street sign repair and replacement, crack sealing, chip sealing, shoulder work, tree trimming, irrigation system repair, pot hole repair, crosswalk signs, striping and flags, culvert cleaning, road sweeping and snow plowing. The division inspects all utility work done in City rights of way and any other work done under an Encroachment Permit, and inspects street system infrastructure associated with new subdivision developments.
Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan
Transportation Master Plan - 2020 Update
Transportation Master Plan - 2007
Snow Removal ABC's
- Snow Removal Information Brochure
- Before Winter Begins - Remove personal belongings from the City right of way; items not removed may be damaged during plowing operations. The City is not responsible for any damage that may occur.
- Parking Restrictions - No overnight parking (midnight to 7:00 a.m., November 1 to May 1) of any kind within any City right of way. Where there is no improved curb and gutter, vehicles must be at least 6' off edge of asphalt. Illegally parked vehicles may be towed without notice and at the owner's expense.
- Clearing the Berm in Your Driveway - When clearing the berm from your driveway, do not push, shovel or plow snow back into the roadway.
- Rubbish and Recycling Containers - Keep rubbish and recycling containers back from the roadway during snowstorms.
- Mailboxes - Mailboxes should be located at least 8' from the street pavement to prevent damage from plowing operations.
Snow Removal Policy
A 6-inch snow event costs about $16,000 for snow removal activity. Since the City never knows how much snow to expect in a given winter and the budget is limited to just a few snow events, the City focuses on two main goals: 1) keep the roads safe, and 2) keep the main roads and sidewalks open for traffic. In general, the City's snow removal policy includes the following:
- Less than 3 inches: de-ice and sand roads to keep them safe and plow major sidewalks along Woodside Blvd. and within the business core.
- 3 inches or more: plow priority areas first (school zones, safety and fire facilities, main arterials and other collector streets), then focus on lower priority areas (neighborhood streets). Continue de-icing, sanding and sidewalk plowing. The more snow we have, the longer it takes to get to lower priority areas.
More details are included in the Snow Removal Policy below:
Submit an Encroachment Permit application. An application fee is required at the time of submittal ($50 for a residential application, $75 for a commercial application). The City will review the application and prepare the permit. Inspection fees will be invoiced to the applicant, and are due when the permit is issued.
If the encroachment application is for a drywell, then the Idaho Department of Water Resources Shallow Injection Well Inventory application must also be submitted.
Utility and Snow Storage Easement
A 10 foot snow storage and easement is reserved beyond all 60', 80' and 100' street rights of way. Nothing may be placed or constructed in this area, not limited to and including trees, pavers and berms, without prior consent of the Street Division Manager.
Landscapers & Contractors
All barrow pits must retain designed flow for drainage purposes. All landscaping, construction debris or fill dirt blocking or obstructing the flow of the barrow pits will be removed before a certificate of occupancy will be issued on all dwellings.
Contractors & Utility Companies
All trenches dug within 4 feet of a paved road or across a paved road must be compacted to 95% of proctor and will be guaranteed for 3 years. This includes all trenching in barrow pits in the City right of way. All landscaping and barrow pits will be returned to as good as or better condition as they were before being disturbed. All projects within the City right of way need to be inspected by the City.
Drainage and Drywells
The City recognizes there are areas throughout town with less-than-ideal drainage. These areas are most evident during spring snowmelt or after a major rain event. The City has a limited budget for installing new drywells; this work is done on a priority basis only, from a list of know problem areas. To report a drainage concern, call (208) 788-9830, ext. 1.