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
New Public Safety Building Project and California Avenue Parking Garage
Public Safety Building and California Avenue Parking Garage Project
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Charleston/Arastradero Corridor Project
Reconfiguration of the Charleston/Arastradero corridor including engineering design and construction of new landscaped median islands, bulbouts, enhanced bike lanes, new street trees, and lighting.
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Downtown Parking Garage
The new parking garage downtown will be located at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Waverley Street.
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Fire Station No. 3 Replacement Project
The Architectural Review Board (ARB) approved the new Fire Station No.3 design on March 2nd, 2017. Construction documents are in progress and contractor prequalification will occur in early summer. Preparation work has begun to renovate the existing buildings at 2000 Geng Road to temporarily house the crew of Fire Station No. 3.
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ADA Transition Plan Update Project
ADA Transition Plan Update Project
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Lincoln Avenue Storm Drain Improvement Project Phase III
From Middlefield Road to Alma Street
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Parks, Trails, Open Space and Recreation Master Plan Project
Review of the Parks Master Plan document has commenced and will run from November 16th - December 9th, 2016.

The document can be viewed on the Master Plan website http://www.paloaltoparksplan.org/




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New California Avenue Parking Garage Project
New California Avenue Parking Garage Project
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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.
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%22No water use%22 garden - courtesy Dr. Elizabeth Doughtery, PhD.

Newell Road/San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement Project
The project is under Draft EIR preparation currently. The Draft EIR is expected to be released in early winter of 2017 and the Final EIR in spring of 2018.
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ReThink Disposable
Do you have your own restaurant, café, or food related business? Want to save money and let your customers know that you're doing your part to help keep the environment clean?

Partner up with ReThink Disposable, a FREE program provided by the City of Palo Alto–Watershed Protection and the Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund. ReThink Disposable helps restaurants reduce waste and cut costs by minimizing disposable packaging items.
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Prepare Your Home for Winter Storm Season
Prepare Your Home for Winter Storm Season
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Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center Projects
Baylands Interpretive Center and Boardwalk Projects.
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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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