This page provides information on the routine maintenance activities conducted by the City of Burien and our contractor, King County, to keep the City's streets, storm drain, and traffic signal systems operating properly.
Storm Drain Maintenance
Storm drain maintenance is an important part of our maintenance duties and helps to ensure the health of our local water bodies and Puget Sound. Routine cleaning and repair of the storm drain system, including catch basins, pipes, ditches, and outfalls is conducted to prevent localized flooding and to reduce pollution to our streams, lakes, and Puget Sound.
The side-boom mower is up and running fulltime, 4 to 5 days a week during each Spring. The City has been divided in half at 140th
Street (Street Map
). The north and south ends are mowed on alternating weeks. A mowing crew consists of the operator in the mower and two ground maintenance workers who do the weed-eating and trash pick up.
Public works handles a number of street maintenance responsibilities including signs, striping and pavement, traffic signals, and street beautification; for more Street Maintenance
Traffic Signal Maintenance
The department has 34 stop lights, seven four-way flashers, three crosswalk flashers, and two fire station signals. In addition, a Traffic Signal Rehabilitation Program is undertaken each year to upgrade the City's traffic signals with modern electronics and software.
The department manages an annual landscape maintenance contract for the downtown area, commercial corridors, and arterial streets. Services covered by the contract include mowing, edging, leaf removal, pruning, maintenance of tree wells and planter boxes, and litter pick-up. In addition, the department conducts roadside mowing throughout the City to maintain adequate sight distance for motorists and access for emergency vehicles. The department follows the City's Vegetation Maintenance Standards for Streets and Sidewalks