Public Works Department

Welcome to the Department of Public Works website.  Public Works provides services integral to our community on a daily basis.  Our department's mission is to provide quality services with commitment, courtesy and pride.  In partnership with the Palo Alto community, we strive to offer efficient, cost effective and environmentally responsible services that make Palo Alto a beautiful, vibrant and appealing City in which to live and work.

                            

   
           

Director of Public Works, Mike Sartor, oversees the diverse responsibilities that range from the construction and maintenance of public facilities, streets, sidewalks and storm drains; implementation of Citywide sustainability initiatives; administration of the National Flood Insurance Program; oversight of the City’s Urban Forest; approval of construction work done in the City right-of-way; operation of the City Fleet; Waste Management and Recycling; and the administration and operation of the Regional Water Quality Control Plant.  

The Department is comprised of three divisions -

Engineering Services
Designs and constructs City-owned facilities, streets, sidewalks, storm drains and parks infrastructure; provides engineering support to City Departments and the private development community for construction in the public right of way.

Environmental Services
Operates and maintains the Regional Water Quality Control Plant; maintains a Pretreatment Program for control of industrial and commercial dischargers; provides pollution prevention information and programs to residents and businesses; manages the City’s solid waste programs.

Public Services
Maintains and renovates City-owned and leased structures, streets, sidewalks, storm drains, street sweeping, street signage and parking lots; manages the City’s Urban Forest; and maintains the City’s fleet.

Last Updated: Apr 10, 2014
Pavement Condition Scores Posted for City Streets and New Paving Project Begins
The City recently posted street inspection information to the open data platform. Road rehabilitation project has begun.
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City Terminates Flintco Contract Due to Poor Performance
The City has issued a letter of termination to Flintco Pacific, Inc
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CREEK MONITOR PAGE
View real-time creek level data.
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City's Newest Five Year Paving Plan Released
This plan is part of the Palo Alto's effort to reach a citywide average pavement condition of very good or excellent by 2019.
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2014 Document Shredding Events
Shredding events will be held at the SMaRT Station in Sunnyvale.

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Register for these FREE Palo Alto Workshops
Find out more about tree care, sustainable landscaping, composting, attractive alternatives to lawns and new EcoHome. Take a tour of the EcoHome or attend one of our open houses.
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Energy/Compost Facility Consideration
This webpage is the third in a series of webpages as an Energy/Compost Facility in Palo Alto is considered.
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Energy/Compost Feasibility Study
On April 5, 2010 the Palo Alto City Council directed staff to hire a consultant to conduct a Feasibility Study for a dry anaerobic digestion facility on the southeast side of Palo Alto's wastewater treatment plant ("Plant"). (See "April 5, 2010 City Council Meeting Results." )
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University Avenue Street Tree Removal Work Begins
The City will begin the final phase of street tree removal work along University Avenue in early December.
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El Camino Park Restoration Project
El Camino Park Restoration Project
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Clara Drive Storm Drain Improvement Project
Clara Drive Storm Drain Improvement Project
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Newell Road/San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement Project
Newell Road/San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement Project
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Rinconada Park Long Range Plan
Rinconada Park Long Range Plan
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Public Works 2007 Standard Drawings and Specifications
Public Works 2007 Standard Drawings and Specifications
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