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Purpose and Functions


Organization chart [PDF]

Develops and manages the Public Works Capital Improvement Program (CIP), which includes transportation (auto, bike, pedestrian), sanitary sewer, storm drain, and refuse facilities. Manages other departments' CIP projects as requested. Provides development review services and permitting.

The division develops project concepts, budgets and grant requests based on input from the public, commissions and Council, as well as documents such as the General Plan, Beach Area Plan, utility master plans, etc. The division annually develops a 3-Year Capital Improvement Plan based on this work for commission review and Council approval.

Project design and construction management may be done in-house or through consultants depending on project size and complexity. Staff works closely with other public agencies (CalTrans, Army Corps of Engineers, Regional Boards, etc.) on design, construction, maintenance and permitting of projects within the City.

The division provides development review services in close coordination with the Planning Department for private development proposals, to ensure that requirements are met for traffic impacts, sewers, drainage, refuse and recycling collection, accessibility, street lighting, etc. Engineering staff are available during office hours to issue permits and provide public information and access to plans and maps.

The division provides engineering support to other Departments as needed. Staff perform important duties in City disaster response and recovery efforts.

CIP Projects:

CIP Map of Projects

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Capital Improvement Program (2015-2017)

The CIP for 2015-2017 was presented to City Council on April 22, 2014. Below is the link to the presentation.

CIP 2015-2017 City Council Presentation

Major Goals: 

  • Complete the annual Capital Improvement Program on time and within budget
  • Develop annual budget and prioritized 3-Year CIP with public and Commission input
  • Explore and develop all project funding opportunities
  • Increase the department's project inspection management effectiveness
  • Provide efficient and effective service to the development community
  • Provide efficient and effective customer service

Major Upcoming Issues/Challenges:

  • Completion of CIP projects within the proposed schedule and budget, and with a minimum of disruption to public when funds become available, especially:
    • Murray Street Bridge Seismic Retrofit                
    • East Cliff Slope Repair Projects                
    • Highway 1/9 Intersection Improvements
    • Various Wastewater Collection and Treatment Plant Rehabilitation Projects
    • Annual Street Rehabilitation, Overlay and Cape Seal Programs
    • Mission Street Utility Undergrounding Phase 3 (Mission Hill)
    • Riverside Avenue Utility Undergrounding and Streetscape
  • Develop staffing to improve inspection services and project development
  • Continue to use design development teams (engineers, planners, inspectors, maintenance staff) to provide input into Capital Project Designs
  • Increase the public's understanding of the department's capital improvement program
  • Funding Street Maintenance, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction

Click here to see all current Open Bids

American Society of Civil Engineers Report:"Failure to Act: The Impact of Current Infrastructure Investment on America's Economic Future"


Engineering Updates

San Lorenzo River Parkway Phase III: Public Comment Period is May 18, 2018 - June 18,2018

Rail Trail Segment 7 (Phase I) Project:

Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration Highway 1/9 Intersection Improvement Project:

Pg. 1-74  Pg. 75-142  Pg. 143-214  Pg. 215-298  Pg. 299-377   Pg. 378-450   Pg. 451-510 

Notice of Availability of Final Environmental Document.

Highway 1 and 9 Improvements: Slideshow 

Highway 1 Bridge Widening: Slideshow

Other Information:

For more information please contact:
Christophe J. Schneiter
Assistant Director of Public Works / City Engineer



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