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Posted on: August 31, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Public Works' Week in Review for August 31, 2023

People standing infront of building

The Public Works Department is made up of various sub-departments including Fleet, Line Repair, Streets/Stormwater and Traffic, Wastewater, and Water. Each week, over 100 employees are responsible for the maintenance, monitoring, and improvement of existing and new infrastructure across League City which includes everything from roadways and traffic lights to storm drains, sewers, and water production.

Below are some tips and projects they are working on:

Maintenance of Pedestrian and School Zone Crosswalks 

The Public Works Traffic Division is using a new product in the pedestrian crosswalks called Preformed Thermoplastic Pavement Plastic Sheeting. The new product will increase the life and durability of the crosswalk pavement markings. Currently the Traffic Division repaints the crosswalks with traffic paint every summer prior to the school year. The longer lasting Thermoplastic Pavement Plastic Sheeting will increase the visibility of the crosswalks and reduce the yearly maintenance of repainting.

Before we implemented this program, we installed and observed a location on Walker that has lasted over 5 years. Five school crosswalks; Hall Elementary, Ferguson, Education Village, Goforth, and Victory Lakes Intermediate that needed crosswalk painting have been completed with the new material. The Traffic Division is installing the new product in the crosswalks based on their annual maintenance schedule. Our initial plan is to install this product at all League City Crosswalks in school zones and uncontrolled crossings to improve the visibility and reduce future maintenance costs of these areas by enabling staff to focus on other items that need attention instead of re-painting the same crosswalks every year.

White Painted Striped Crosswalk on City Street

Two Men using a striping machine using white paint


Sewer Odors in Your Home – Could be a Dried-Up P-Trap 

If you encounter sewer odors in your home, a dried-up P-trap could be the issue. A P-trap is a bend in a drain and waste pipe with a specific purpose. That bend in the pipe contains a pocket of water, which blocks toxic, foul-smelling sewer gases (like methane) from traveling through the pipe into your home.

They are usually found under sinks, toilets, showers, and bathtubs. Factors like low water usage, temperature, and wind may cause the P-trap to become dry over time. If drying occurs, you may flush with water and also add a cup of bleach, then after 15 minutes flush the line with water. This will help disinfect the device and get rid of any sewer odors.

Steel PTrap under a sink

Graphic Diagram of a PTrap System with Red and Blue Arrows

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