The Public Works
Department staff designs, operates, and maintains the city-owned facilities
and equipment. The staff’s major areas of responsibility include
streets, street lights and signals, sewers, storm drainage and public
buildings. The staff administers environmental protection services
for sewer and stormwater service within the city, provides professional
and technical support to other city departments, and manages franchises
granted by the city.
staff provides general oversight and leadership for the department, coordinates
the department budget, and administers franchises granted by the city.
Division staff promotes public safety through responsible development
of the city’s infrastructure and provides good records and technical assistance
related to that infrastructure.
- Civil Engineering
staff designs and manages construction of city projects and inspects
private developer permit projects.
staff maintains and records legal descriptions of property and surveys
activities for city infrastructure projects.
staff operates and maintains the centralized controls of traffic signals
within the city, plans and designs signals and other traffic control
facilities, and plans and designs bicycle facilities.
The Maintenance Division staff provides the highest level of maintenance services by balancing citizens needs with standard maintenance practices. The Maintenance Division staff operates in eight areas.
Services Division staff promotes and protects the public’s health and
safety by providing effective administration of the Regional Wastewater
Program; technical assistance regarding water quality, pollution prevention
and environmental management issues; information and account assistance
for sewer users; management of local sewer user rates; and urban stormwater
- Building Maintenance staff maintains all city buildings, including custodial services and building security for 97,000 square feet of office and public space in City Hall and Springfield Museum.
- Sewer Maintenance staff ensures operation of the 240 miles of sanitary sewer and other components of the city’s sewage collection system.
- Sub-surface Drainage staff maintains and improves the city’s 207 miles of storm pipelines and facilities, including catch basin cleaning, pipeline cleaning, and repairing manholes and pipes.
- Street Landscaping staff maintains and beautifies City-owned landscaped areas.
- Surface Drainage staff provides services for the 8.5 miles of large drainage canals, 20 miles of roadside ditches, and 3.5 miles of the Millrace waterway.
- Street Maintenance staff maintains 166 linear miles of improved streets and 23.5 linear miles of unimproved streets. Staff activities include sweeping, grading, flushing, patching, crack sealing, controlling road ice and snow, removing road hazards and debris from public rights-of-way (including dead animals), inspecting for compliance with encroachment permits, and repairing sidewalk problems caused by City street trees.
- Traffic Control Maintenance and Construction staff constructs and maintains traffic signs, traffic signals, and pavement markings and does special projects.
- Vehicle and Equipment Maintenance staff repairs and does preventive maintenance for 220 City-owned vehicles and equipment.
The Regional Wastewater staff administers the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission and
construction for the regional facilities, including contract, project,
and construction management related to facilities planning, design, and
construction; managing and setting budget and user rates; public information
and education. The Industrial Pretreatment Program staff
oversees regulation of waters discharged to the sanitary sewers by industries
in Springfield to ensure that wastewater does not damage the collection
system, interfere with wastewater treatment processes, result in harmful
pollutants passed through to the Willamette River, or threaten worker
health and safety.