Street Maintenance Division


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The Street Maintenance Division strives to maximize the life of the Watertown’s transportation facilities and to provide a high quality driving surface on approximately 220 miles of city streets through a comprehensive maintenance, repair, and sweeping program including timely and efficient snow removal, street de-icing, and sanding operations. The maintenance program consists of scheduled annual asphalt overlays, crack sealing on approximately 60 blocks per year, and seal coating of about 280 blocks per year.

If you have questions regarding Street Maintenance Division activities, or need to report an issue, please reference the Street Maintenance Division phone list.

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The Street Maintenance Division shares the responsibility of maintaining Watertown's storm water management systems by mowing detention ponds, cleaning trash screens on storm sewer inlets, and clearing and regrading overland flow paths. The Street Maintenance Division is largely responsible for the annual spring city-wide cleanup week held in May. The department also assists in the construction of numerous park and recreation amenities.

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National Public Works Week 

Sunday, May 21, 2023 - Saturday, May 27, 2023

More information about the national celebration can be found here

To view the City of Watertown Public Works Week flyer, please click here

National Public Works Week Coloring Contest

Congratulations! Matonta, Greta, and Gwendolyn are the three winners for the National Public Works Week coloring contest. view their winning submissions below. Thank you to everyone who sent in a coloring sheet! We had over 20 submissions across all age categories. Happy National Public Works Week!

Kickoff Event: Touch A Truck

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the kickoff event, touch A Truck, on Saturday, May 20 at the Watertown Regional Airport from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. To visit the Facebook event please click here

Daily Events

Find a full list of events for the week above in the photo and on our Facebook page. There you will find posts and separate Facebook events. Each weekday there will be a new division highlighted through special events and education social media posts. Stay informed about events and the work we do by following the City of Watertown Public Works Department on Facebook. 

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  1. Responsibilities
  2. Street Repair Rates & Guidelines
  3. Equipment & Personnel Rates
  4. Supplied Material Rates
  5. Snow Removal


Street Maintenance Division Activities Include:
  • Blading and graveling of gravel surfaces and township obligations every four to six weeks
  • Spraying and mowing right of way
  • Milling and paving, control of same
  • Repair of equipment
  • Current recall list
  • Apply sanding mixture
  • Sweeping all streets and avenues every three to four weeks
  • Spring run-off control
  • Traffic control devices and signs
  • Traffic striping and markings
  • Material specification for city
  • Extensive patching of city streets
  • Snow removal and snow removal from downtown
  • Mix salt and sand
  • Safety programs: public, employee, and workers
  • Specification for new equipment
  • Drainage system cleaning and mowing
  • Paving 50 to 60 blocks per year
  • Seal coating 160 blocks per year
  • Snow fencing: 10th Avenue North, Third Avenue North, Cutts Avenue, City Park, North Ridge, and 10th Avenue North gardens

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Contact The Street maintenance division 

Hours of Operation


7:00am - 5:30pm


(605) 882-6207


730 Arrow Ave NE
Watertown, SD 57201-0250