The Tomball streets department is responsible for the maintenance and reputation of streets within the city limits. There are however streets within the city limits that do not fall under the jurisdiction of Tomball.
- Refer to the Jurisdiction Map (PDF) to see which entity is responsible.
- To report damages or other concerns, call (281) 290-1400.
Stop signs will be replaced within two hours during normal working hours (7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday). After hours, they will be replaced by the employee on-call as soon as possible.
To report a downed stop sign during normal working hours, call Public Works at (281) 290-1400. To make a report after hours, call the Police Department (281) 351-5451.
What is the purpose of a stop sign?
Stop signs are used to assign the right of way at intersections and ensure traffic flows smoothly and predictably. However, the overuse of stop signs will cause drivers to ignore them, especially on residential streets with low traffic flow volumes. Non-compliance with stop signs can become hazardous, causing many drivers to briefly stop and then return to the same speed or speed up. The brief stop and the faster acceleration can lead to more emissions from vehicles released, which leads to increased air pollution, wasted fuel and traffic noise.
Report all potholes to the Public Works Department at (281) 290-1400.
What causes potholes?
- Traffic that is too heavy for the pavement.
- Natural aging of the pavement can cause cracks in the street.
- Water can soften the pavement through the cracks in the surface and over time, the material will shift to where there is no support left for the pavement.
- Weather: When the weather is hot, the road surfaces have a greater chance of cracking because the heat causes stress on the pavement. During the winter, the water in the ground can freeze and thaw, making the ground expand and then contract, which causes cracks in the pavement.
Public Works maintains the mowing of public right-of-ways along City parks, roadsides, shoulders, and ditches. Tomball is responsible for mowing and maintaining about 24 acres of parks.
Effective June 6, 2016, if you have debris or brush that requires disposal, please consider the following options provided below:
- WCA is contracted to pick up brush once a week (Article 7.1 of the City's contract with WCA).
- WCA will only take brush and tree limbs no longer than 4 feet and no larger than 4 inches in diameter.
- Tree limbs and brush should be stacked in a pile not to exceed 4 feet in height and 4 feet in width.
- In the event that brush and/ or tree trimming set out for collection do not meet the specification above they will not be collected and WCA will leave a printed explanation notice for the customer.
- If you have any trees cut down, limbs, or brush make sure that any contractor you use provides a haul-off service. If they do not, WCA will pick up the debris as long as it meets the requirements stated above.