The Town of Yountville takes pride in maintaining safe, durable and clean streets. In fact, residents and visitors regularly comment that the streets in Yountville are some of the best in Napa County.
How does the Town maintain such high standards of streets?
With approximately eight-and-a-half centerline miles of public streets that are maintained by the Town, multiple factors contribute to exceptional maintenance.
- Funding Sources: Yountville has a three year average Pavement Condition Index (PCI) of 71, which is in the “Good” category and best in Napa County. The Town rating is due largely to the fact that General Funds are spent in addition to local gas tax funds. From 2005 to 2010, the Town spent an average of $250,000 per year on pavement maintenance.
- Ongoing Repairs: Streets continuously deteriorate from heavy traffic loadings and ageing from water oxidizing the pavement, but deterioration accelerates between the tenth and twentieth year without maintenance. Delaying repairs can result in the cost of repairs increasing as much as 30-fold, so the Town’s annual Capital Improvement Program (CIP) includes a Pavement Management Program (PMP) and Slurry Seal Program for restoring the pavement integrity of streets.
- Collaboration with other development projects: Streets with the most need for resurfacing are reviewed for coordination with other upcoming Town and potential private development and public utility work.
- Evaluation from Streets Experts: The Pavement Management Program (PMP) provides a management tool to inventory street pavements, assess pavement condition, record historical maintenance, forecast budget needs, and view impacts of funding on Town-wide pavement condition over time. The Town works with experts to assess all pavement conditions. These evaluations allowed staff to list priority streets and the most cost effective repairs.
Read the current Pavement Management Plan Results!
For decades, the Town Council has funded street maintenance projects, which usually included a hot mix asphalt concrete overlay or slurry seal of an existing street.
This is done to minimize damage to newly paved streets by such work at a later date after the pavement has been replaced. A slurry seal is used for streets with lower levels of distress as indicated by the Pavement Condition Index (PCI), as shown in the Pavement Management Program (PMP). A slurry seal is a mix of liquid asphalt and small rocks that is used to protect the street from the sun and rain. It is ten times less expensive than an inch of asphalt concrete overlay and will allow the overlay to be deferred for a decade or more. The PMP pavement condition survey is updated every few years and is one of the Town’s primary tools for determining the most cost effective method of street maintenance or repair that is appropriate for the condition of the road or street.
Typically, Gas Tax and Development Impact Fee funds contribute to street maintenance project funding. The Town receives approximately $65,000 per year in gas tax revenue and needs to spend an average of $148,000 on pavement management to keep our streets in the “Good” rating which is 70 to 79. An average of $310,000 per year is necessary to increase the average PCI to 76 in 2016.
Street Sweeping Schedule
Click on the following link to see a street sweeping map and schedule for Yountville. There is additional sweeping on Fridays in the fall to pick up leaves. Property owners are asked to place leaves in their green waste toters and not in piles in the street, storm drains or Hopper Creek.