You can help maintain the health of your street by doing a few very simple things.
Water is the single most damaging element to street pavement. When it is allowed to get into the pavement through cracks, it can get into the underlying base. This softens the base and allows the pavement to shift. That speeds up the deterioration of the street and shortens its lifetime.
GRASS AND DIRT
DON'T allow dirt and grass to accumulate in your curb.
Accumulated dirt allows grass and weeds to grow into the pavement. The roots of the plants work their way through the pavement, causing it to crack or break into pieces. Water can then get under the pavement and cause premature failure of the street.
DEBRIS ON CURB
DON'T put trash and debris over the curb and into the street.
Trash and debris that covers the curb and goes into the street causes a number of problems: it allows dirt to accumulate on the street which allows grass and weeds to grow into the pavement, it allows weeds and grass to spread from the yard to the street, and it blocks the flow of water. All of these things contribute to deterioration of the street pavement.
DON'T allow debris to block the flow of runoff.
Water can damage pavement. Curbs protect pavement by channeling runoff. It is important to minimize curb blockage so that water can drain freely off of the street.
KEEP GRASS OUT OF STREET
DO keep your curb clean and clear.
Keep your grass edged so that it doesn't grow into the street. Sweep up the grass clippings and either throw them in the trash or put them on your lawn. Clear out any growth between the concrete and the asphalt pavement. Sweep up any dirt (and put it back on your lawn) so that weeds don't have a chance to grow.
KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF THE STREET
DO keep yard waste and bulky trash off of the curb.
Stack yard waste and bulky trash on the frontage during your setout period, but keep it off of the curb and pavement. By keeping the curb clear of obstructions, you help to prevent grass and weeds from growing into the pavement and you help water to run off of the street or curb and into the storm sewer.
KEEP CURBS CLEAR FOR WATER
DO keep your curb clean so water flows and doesn't pond.
When you keep your curbs and gutters clean, you help to keep water off of the pavement and out of the base material. This helps to extend the life of the street.