The Public Works Department designs, manages and inspects capital improvement projects; promotes active transportation; plans and builds sidewalks and urban trails; partners with communities to bring improvements to neighborhoods; and maintains the City's network of trails, roadways, sidewalks and bridges.
We work with over 19 City departments to design, inspect and manage capital improvement projects ranging from iconic, complex projects such as the New Central Library and Boardwalk Trail, to smaller scale street reconstruction, park improvements and water projects. Our engineers, project managers and inspectors bring quality, cost efficient improvements to Austin.
Our Safe Routes to School program helps Austin’s children travel safely to school by educating students on pedestrian and bicycle safety and providing crossing guards at crucial intersections. We also partner with schools to encourage more active transportation through events, programming and educational initiatives.
Our Urban Trails Program works closely with neighborhoods, fellow departments and elected officials to plan and build the best, most environmentally conscious urban trail system that Austin can offer.
Our award-winning Neighborhood Partnering Program assists neighborhood groups in developing, resourcing and executing small- to medium-sized improvement projects in the City’s right of way or on City-owned property. Cost sharing can be achieved through cash contributions, in-kind contributions or donated labor (sweat-equity).