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; Palo Alto Airport operations and the administration and operation of the Regional Water Quality Control Plant.  

The Department is comprised of four 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.

Airport Operations
Operates and maintains the Palo Alto Airport, the 3rd busiest airport in the Bay Area.



Last Updated: Sep 24, 2014
Matadero Creek Sediment Removal
Expect traffic delays as Santa Clara Valley Water District removes sediment from Matadero Creek; work begins October 15 and will last about six weeks.
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City Takes First Legal Step Against Flintco For Damages Related to Mitchell Park Construction
Following a closed session of the City Council on Sept. 15, City Attorney Molly Stump announced the City will file a legal claim in the amount of approximately $9.4 million against Flintco Pacific for its failure and inability to complete the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center.
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Parks, Trails, Open Space and Recreation Master Plan
Parks, Trails, Open Space and Recreation Master Plan
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City Engineer Develops Innovative Idea for Water Re-Use
For years, City Senior Engineer Mike Nafziger had been trying to figure out a way to reuse water that is removed from residential and commercial construction projects.
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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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Magical Bridge Playground
Construction is underway for the Magical Bridge
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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, home 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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City Hall and King Plaza Landscape Improvement Project
City Hall and King Plaza Landscape Improvement Project
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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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El Camino Park Restoration Project
El Camino Park Restoration Project
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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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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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