Public Works Department

Welcome to the Department of Public Works.  The first APWA accredited agency in Silicon Valley,  Public Works earned accreditation from American Public Works Association in 2015. 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.

The Director of Public Works, Brad Eggleston, 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.

Bike Bridge Construction: W. Bayshore Rd Closed on Oct. 7, 8 p.m. to Oct. 8, 6 a.m.

West Bayshore Road will be closed during the installation of the bridge from Wednesday, October 7 at 8 p.m. until Thursday, October 8 at 6 a.m. The following detour will be in effect during the closure: traffic in both northbound and southbound directions via E. Meadow Drive, Louis Road, and Loma Verde Avenue.

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Adobe Creek Underpass Closes as Bridge Construction Resumes

The Benjamin Lefkowitz bike/pedestrian undercrossing at Adobe Creek will once again close for safety reasons on May 18 when the Highway 101 Pedestrian Bike Bridge construction resumes.

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Rebuilt Fire Station 3 Opens its Doors to Serve the Community

The finishing touches have been added to Palo Alto’s newly rebuilt Fire Station 3 as it officially opened its doors on Tuesday, March 24 at the corner of Embarcadero and Newell Roads

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