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Summary of Services

The Engineering Division is responsible for all design and construction of new public works, improvement and maintenance of existing infrastructure, including all new public facilities in new development areas, maintenance and rehabilitation of the City's existing infrastructure, expansion of utility and transportation systems, and the addition of new community facilities. Also, unique to most local governments, the Engineering Division completes design work and construction management for all subdivision and similar developments in the City.

The Engineering Division includes planning, budgeting, reporting and overall administration of multi-million dollar public improvement projects annually. In addition to general administration, engineering services can be classified into five specific areas: transportation, public information services, public works programs, street rehabilitation, and special projects.

Transportation services include traffic engineering, parking restrictions, pedestrian safety, and provision for facilities which provide for the safe and efficient movement of traffic. Facilities include street lights, traffic signals, signs, pavement markings and crosswalks. Other transportation services provided by Engineering include technical analysis of locations proposed for posting of adult crossing guards near grade schools, ordinance regulation of vision and clearance obstructions, and the routing of heavy truck traffic. Traffic studies, generated by requests from citizens, Council and staff, include data collection and evaluation, technical reports, intersection design, and recommendation of appropriate regulations.

Public Information Services

Engineering services provide for a wide range of public contact activities, including government and agency coordination, recordkeeping and retrieval, dissemination of engineering data and project inventories, private development utilization of public facilities, and site plan review. Public information on project impacts is an ongoing responsibility. Engineering also provides technical guidance on economic development and planning issues.

Public Works Programs

Engineering services are provided for the design and construction administration of annual public works improvement programs. The annual programs include projects that extend the City?s sewer, water, drainage, sidewalk, and street systems in new subdivisions and along street corridors. Projects proposed include requests from residential, commercial, and industrial developers for expansion of City services. Staff proposals are also identified to expand the systems in a reasonable and efficient way for needed trunk sewers, water transmission mains, and arterial streets along with pending developments.

Street Rehabilitation

Engineering staff provide services to plan, design, and supervise the construction of an extensive street preservation and rehabilitation program. Approximately ten miles of street rehabilitation work is completed each year on the City?s 348-mile street system. Improvements include extensive overlay projects, total reconstruction, and upgrading drainage structures and bridges, as necessary. The street rehabilitation program includes inventory and condition surveys to determine the most timely and cost effective procedures to be used to maintain the street network. Engineering staff continually update the five-year rehabilitation plan.

Special Projects

Engineering services are provided on projects of a special nature, with staff providing a full range of engineering services, including preliminary work, project management, consultant over-view, and construction inspection. In-house engineering services are supplemented with consulting engineers or architects where a project requires special expertise or staff time is limited. In those cases, consultants provide the detailed design plans and specifications for the Engineering Division to bid and manage.


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