Because streets range from two to five lanes, we use the term lane miles. Stillwater has more than 450 lane miles of streets, 136 miles of sidewalks, 8 miles of developed trails, 5 miles of nature trails, 30 miles of road/bike facilities, 27 miles of mountain bike trails, 28 bridges and 66 signalized intersections.
Streets are funded from a variety of sources, including a dedicated half-cent sales tax, a portion of the state’s gasoline tax, general fund and development transportation fees.
The funding sources listed above are used to fund the installation of maintenance of traffic signals and signage. Street lighting is a function of Stillwater Electric.
We have several transportation plans that help prioritize, not only our spending but how to spend those funds more efficiently.
Pavement Management Program uses a rolling five-year plan.
Capital improvement plan
Stillwater Transportation Enhancement Plan (STEP) that helps forecast future capital improvements needs.
Yes, the streets are part of our stormwater drainage system. Our drainage regulations limit the amount of water allowed to be carried in the street and the depth of the water based upon the classification of the street.
Local streets are allowed to have more depth than collector or arterial streets. Regardless of the classification, the depth of the street is limited to allow at least one direction of passage without danger of being swept from the road. Some of our older streets were installed before the current drainage regulations.
Streets in the flood plains are also sometimes exempted based upon the frequency of the flooding and the cost. These are usually along Stillwater Creek. One other exception is Western Road (north of Hall of Fame Avenue and south of McElroy Avenue). This area is part of a flood-control structure that protects residential properties downstream of Hall of Fame Ave. to 12th Avenue.