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.
From July 1, 2016 (FY2016) through June 30, 2020 (FY2020), Stillwater City Council has appropriated $26 million for transportation programs and projects. Read more here.
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.
101 – General Fund: The General Fund is the primary operating fund of the City. All general tax revenues and other receipts not allocated by law or some other contractual agreement to other funds are accounted for in the General Fund. The principal sources of revenue for this fund include sales tax and franchise taxes, licenses and permits, fines and forfeitures, and fees. Of the 3.5% sales tax received, 1.5% is transferred out to other funds. Expenditures include general administration, public safety, transportation, community resources, library, and development services.
105 – City Capital Fund: Budgets and accounts for capital expenditures of the City.
215 – Transportation Fee Fund: Budgets and accounts for transportation fee revenues and expenditures related to enhancements to the City’s transportation system.
260 – Transportation Improvement Fund (Transportation Sales Tax Fund): Budgets and accounts for street improvements or debt payments funded by the related half-penny sales tax.
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.