Street Improvement Program

Street Improvement Program Income Tax Renewal

The renewal of the Street Improvement Program funding is on the ballot on November 2nd. The continuance of the 0.1% income tax that was passed in 2011 is up for renewal. This funding goes directly to street improvements in the City. 

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Long-Term Street Maintenance & Repair Financing

In 2011, Wadsworth residents voted to approve an increase of 0.1% to the City's income tax rate - commencing January 1, 2012, for a 10-year period. This money is set aside in a separate fund to finance a long-term street maintenance and repair program. With this funding, the city has been able to improve the quality of roadways since the inception of the program. The City is able to perform over 5 times more work than in years prior to the income tax increase. 

Components of the Program

The annual program generally consists of 3 areas: Asphalt resurfacing, concrete slab reconstruction, and preventative maintenance.

Asphalt Resurfacing:Asphalt Resurfacing 

  • Grinding old asphalt and removal
  • Base repairs
  • Placing intermediate course of asphalt
  • Placing finish course of asphalt
  • Pavement markings/striping
  • Berming of unimproved streets

Asphalt Resurfacing Overlay on Concrete:Asphalt Resurfacing

  • Grinding old concrete and removal
  • Base/slab repairs
  • Installation of pavement fabric
  • Placing intermediate course of asphalt
  • Placing finish course of asphalt
  • Pavement markings/striping

Concrete Slab Replacement:Concrete Slab

  • Removing slabs/sections in poor condition
  • Base repairs/correction
  • Installation of rebar/pinning to slabs
  • Pouring/finishing new concrete
  • Pavement markings/striping

Preventative Maintenance:

Crack Sealing: Preventative maintenance to seal cracks and prevent water infiltration/freezing and thawing.


Sealing / Rejuvenator: The process to restore chemical properties that have deteriorated since asphalt was installed.


Diamond Grinding:Diamond Grinding

  • Grinding/milling concrete with a fine cutting machine
  • Improve ride quality and drainage
  • Lower cost short term solution

Street Improvement Program 10-Year Results:

  • Overall, the street ratings with the old program in 2011 were classified as “Fair”. In 2021, our streets are classified as “Good”.  Asphalt streets have improved, with concrete streets having declined.
  • The dollars have been spent with asphalt resurfacing; asphalt overlaid on concrete; concrete slab repairs; preventative maintenance measures such as crack sealing, cape sealing, and pavement preservers.
  • Dollars are being spent by residents in small amounts over a long time period, rather than large amounts over a short time period.
  • Very few potholes in the City compared to 10 years ago when crews needed to patch on a daily basis during winter.

The following graphics show the streets that were done in the 5 year period prior to the income tax approval at the end of 2011, and the streets that have been completed in the 6 year period since:

SIP Map Presentation 2007 thru 2011
SIP Map Presentation 2012 THRU 2017

Street Improvement Program Funding for the Next 10 Years

  • Continue to improve both asphalt and concrete streets, with greater emphasis on concrete streets.
  • Continue with lower-cost preventative maintenance repairs.
  • Continue to leverage funding to be awarded grant dollars to do more streets.

Feedback or Questions

The Mayor and City Council are thankful to the residents for approving this program. It is our goal that you have experienced the results in the improved roadways city-wide. If you have questions about the program, please contact the Director of Public Service Office at 330-335-2708.