Street Maintenance

The Street Maintenance activity is responsible for cleaning and maintaining City streets in addition to:

Asphalt Overlay Program

The Asphalt Overlay Program includes milling and grinding existing pavement surfaces, recycling old asphalt, and repaving streets for a safer and smoother ride. Property owners are not assessed for any of the costs. In 2023, the program will improve over 5 centerline miles on 33 streets. 

Street Signs and Markings

City crews are responsible for: 

  • Fabrication of street name signs
  • Repair damaged traffic and street name signs and poles, 
  • Install all street name, traffic, tourist, and informational signs in the city

 A private contractor is hired through a public bidding process to provide:

  • Pavement markings
  • Center lines
  • Crosswalks
  • Curb markings
  • Special symbols

Reporting Signs in Need of Repair

To report a stop or yield sign that needs repair, immediately call (do not email) the Public Works Department or non-emergency dispatch at 563.589.4415.  To report a street name sign or parking regulation sign that needs repair, contact the Public Works Department at 563.589.4250.

Street Name Signs For Sale 

The City of Dubuque Public Works Department is replacing outdated street name signs to meet federal requirements for size and reflectivity, as required by the Federal Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

Outdated signs can be purchased for $25 (exact cash or check made payable to the City of Dubuque) on a first come-first served basis.

To purchase a sign, contact the Public Works Department at 589-4250 or via email at

Street and Traffic Lighting

The city operates and maintains a traffic signal system consisting of 118 traffic signal installations. City crews also maintain City-owned street lights. The majority of Dubuque’s street lights are actually owned and maintained by Alliant Energy. 

Reporting A Problem

To report a street light that is not working, contact the Public Works Department at 563.589.4250. To report a traffic signal that is not working, immediately call the Public Works Department or non-emergency dispatch at 563.589.4415.