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 - 

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

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: Jun 2, 2016
ADA Transition Plan Update Project
ADA Transition Plan Update Project
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Adobe Creek Sediment Removal
Expect traffic delays as Santa Clara Valley Water District removes sediment from Adobe Creek; work begins July 25th and will last about four weeks.
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Baylands Projects: Boardwalk Partially Reopens
The boardwalk at the Baylands Nature Interpretive Center and Preserve has been partially reopened after being closed for safety concerns in 2014.
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Lincoln Avenue Storm Drain Improvement Project Phase III
From Middlefield Road to Alma Street
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Summer repaving for Arastradero, Hillview and Laguna
Street repaving for Arastradero Road, Hillview Avenue, and Laguna Avenue
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New California Avenue Parking Garage Project
New California Avenue Parking Garage Project
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Fire Station No. 3 Replacement Project
Fire Station No. 3 Replacement Project
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City Council Accepts Site Evaluation Study of Public Safety Building
City Council Accepts Site Evaluation Study of Public Safety Building
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Traffic Circles Landscaping Project - Completed
Construction began March 21, 2016
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Food scraps can now go in your green cart!
You can now put all of your food scraps and soiled paper directly into your green cart.
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California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
An initial study for the Urban Forest Master Plan
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CREEK MONITOR PAGE
View real-time creek level data.
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Register for City of Palo Alto Events & Workshops
Find out more about tree care, sustainable landscaping, home composting, attractive alternatives to lawns and more. Take a tour of one of our open houses or the Wastewater Treatment Plant and join us for the Great Race for Saving Water!
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Sandbags After the Winter Storm Season
What to do with your used sandbags.
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Newell Road/San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement Project
An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Scoping Meeting was held in September, in which the scope of the EIR was presented and discussed.
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Parks, Trails, Open Space and Recreation Master Plan
Parks, Trails, Open Space and Recreation Master Plan
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Bowden Park Improvement Project
Bowden Park 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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Public Works 2007 Standard Drawings and Specifications
Public Works 2007 Standard Drawings and Specifications
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