Managing City Infrastructure
The Department of Public Works (DPW) is responsible for maintaining safe, functional and energy efficient infrastructure, facilities, and equipment. DPW staff includes a team of civil engineers, inspectors, the City Arborist, solid waste manager, contracts manager and administrative support staff. The Operations Division, located at the City Property Yard, is responsible for storm cleanup, storm sewer maintenance, sanitary sewer maintenance, fleet maintenance, facilities maintenance, and green space management. Operations is also responsible for street maintenance including asphalt, concrete, snow removal, street sweeping, and leaf collection.
DPW provides for the repair and maintenance of the City's municipal facilities, including City Hall, Community Center, Library, Aurora House, Cherry Hill Farmhouse, and Property Yard. City-owned vacant properties are also maintained.
Fire Station No. 6 is maintained in partnership with Arlington County.
DPW Operations staff provides routine maintenance and repair of City-owned motor vehicles and off-road equipment. City personnel maintain approximately 78 vehicles yearly.
City, fire, and rescue vehicles use approximately 112,000 gallons of alternative fuels (E10 gasoline and B20 biodiesel) annually.
City vehicle purchases and operation are guided by the City's "Green Fleet" policy, with the goal to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Through federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) grants administered by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), DPW was able to expand the city's fleet of hybrid vehicles. This project addressed key air quality and transportation goals as expressed in the City's Comprehensive Plan.
Capital Improvements Program (CIP) DPW manages the implementation of much of the City's adopted CIP program. Functions include initial development of project concepts, design, procurement, and construction management. Most CIP projects are funded at least in part by state and federal grants, requiring close coordination with outside agencies to remain eligible for grant monies. DPW staff are responsible to coordinate with the applicable grant authorities and ensure compliance with all laws and regulations associated with the particular grant. For a full listing of the five-year CIP for all projects please click here.