Street and Bridge Maintenance Branch
Diane Lowery-Binnie, P.E., Assistant Director
|The Street and Bridge Maintenance Branch (SBMB) maintains and ensures daily operation of the City of Houston street network which includes:
SBMB works hard every day to respond to customer requests, deliver proactive cost-effective services, plan for future street infrastructure needs, and provide routine street sweeping and right-of-way mowing.
SBMB responds to public reported potholes by next business day and proactively fills over 50,000 potholes per year. A pothole within the City of Houston is generally considered to be a road defect less than 25 square feet.
- SBMB encourages you to Contact 311 for your pavement questions or to report a pothole or other pavement problems.
Four Branch Sections carry out necessary core services to provide a street network with a smooth riding surface free of obstacles and debris.
The Street Maintenance Section
The Street Maintenance Section handles several programs to keep city streets in good and safe repair for drivers. These programs include:
Routine Maintenance Section
The Routine Maintenance Section provides several routine services such as street sweeping and mowing, debris removal, and weed control within the City's rights-of-way. This section also performs concrete panel replacements for a more long term solution to potholes in concrete streets.
Bridge Maintenance Section
The Bridge Maintenance Section is responsible for the inspection and maintenance of the City's bridges as required by federal regulations. In addition, this section recommends replacement or reconstruction of bridges where traffic levels may have exceeded the original design or bridge condition may impact the section goal of keeping bridges in a safe operating condition for the public.
Street Asset Management Section
The Street Asset Management Section has the responsibility to ensure the Houston streets are regularly rated for pavement condition and overall ride quality, and recommend appropriate treatments based on those ratings. This Section manages the Street Surface Assessment Vehicle and the Pavement Management Information System, a software program that allows the engineers to analyze the street network and plan for future treatments.
Visit our Street Surface Assessment Vehicle page to learn how street assessments are performed and view the current street assessment.