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The Street Department strives to ensure that all public streets, sidewalks and walkways in Jonesborough are maintained in very good condition, and that our streets can be traveled in a safe manner 24 hours a day. The Director of Streets, Malcolm Highsmith has over 30 years in public and private construction, as well as a background in Transportation. He has been a licensed building contractor, and has most recently worked in an Engineering/Construction office for TDOT. Malcolm hopes to apply his skill set to help the people of the Town of Jonesborough, as well as it's employees. Malcolm oversees the daily operation of the Department which includes responsibility for street maintenance and repair, right-of-way maintenance, street markings and striping, curbing and medians, sidewalks, speed tables and traffic calming, street signage, stormwater drainage, snow removal and ice, and walkway construction and repair. Malcolm Highsmith can be reached at 423.753.1004
The Director of Streets has a six (6) member staff that includes an Assistant Director of Streets, two (2) equipment operators and three (3) street workers. Jonesborough resurfaces streets with the assistance of the Washington County Highway Department which operates its own asphalt plant. Upon approval of the County Public Works Committee, the Town can pay the Highway Department to pave streets in Jonesborough. A paving priority list is developed by the Jonesborough Street Department, and this list is reviewed and updated periodically. After review by the Town Administrator and Operations Manager, the Paving Priority List is sent to the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen for approval. The establishment of priority is based on a number of factors including cost, street condition, traffic volume, need for additional sub-surface or drainage work prior to paving, etc. The actual paving schedule will vary subject to the workload of the County Highway Department. Click HERE for Current Paving Priority List
Potholes and Street Repairs are undertaken by the Street Department Crew. The Street Crew tries to fill and repair potholes located in the driving area of the streets within 24 hours from when they are reported. Town staff, including patrolling police officers, look for problem areas in Jonesborough Streets. However, residents are encouraged to call Town Hall 423.753.1031 and report problems on Jonesborough streets and right-of-ways.
Right-of-Ways and the shoulders of Jonesborough streets and state highways are maintained by the Street Department. Currently, mowing of center medians on US 11-E is contracted and is included in an annual bid for all contract mowing. The center medians are normally mowed weekly. Care and maintenance of the planted portion of center medians is undertaken by Parks and Recreation staff. Mowing of other right-of-ways is undertaken on a varying schedule that is largely dependent on weather. Sight lanes and visibility at intersections are a major concern, and right-of-way mowing priorities are established based on safety concerns. Residents are encouraged to call Town Hall 423.753.1031 to report safety issues related to right-of-way maintenance.
Curbing and Median maintenance and replacement are carried out by the Street Department staff. The Town budgets some funding each year for curb and sidewalk improvements. Curb work is often associated with other improvements, so priorities are most often established through larger projects. Curb cuts for private driveways must be permitted through the Director of Streets prior to any construction activity
Jonesborough advocates for a proper sub-division design that includes a street layout that reduces speeding and increases neighborhood safety. Speed tables are also used on existing streets under certain conditions. Speed tables are designed to drive over comfortably at 20 mph, and are most often used where speeding has shown to be a problem. Residents may petition the Traffic Advisory Committee for consideration of speed table installation. An evaluation by staff and the consulting traffic engineer will take place and the findings will be presented to the Traffic Advisory Committee. The committee makes recommendations to the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Alderman. Actual installation is by the Street Department, and the timing of construction varies based on the Department's work schedule. Click HERE for Speed Table Criteria.
Snow Removal is undertaken by the Street Department staff. The scraping and salting of roads is done based on a priority list of arterial streets with larger traffic volumes, intersection congestion, street elevation and grade, and location of emergency services. Town staff is dedicated to cleaning all streets as quickly as possible.
Stormwater/Erosion and Pollution Control are maintained by the Street Department and they are part of the Town's stormwater drainage system. Stormwater catch basins are cleaned as needed with a priority established in or near floodways or flood prone areas.
Natural Drainage Ways on private property are the responsibility of the property owner. The Town will consider working with property owners with stormwater problems where the corrective action and/or project benefit positively impacts more than one property owner. In such partnership projects, an agreement must be approved by the Town Board and signed by all property owners involved and the project is normally cost-shared with the Town providing labor and equipment.
Development of any kind resulting in cutting, filling, or grading requires a grading permit from the Building Inspector. The Building Inspector will go over erosion control measures including the proper installation of silt fence and other requirements necessary to prevent stormwater and sediment flow onto adjoining properties, Town streets, or right-of-ways.
Residents are prohibited from dumping or flushing petroleum products, fertilizers, herbicides, and other pollutants into drainage ways or the Town's stormwater system. Residents are encouraged to not over fertilize, and to use caution when using products that can pollute our waterways.