The Public Works Department manages the City of Austin's Capital Improvement Program projects through all phases of design, construction, and inspection. Projects range from street reconstruction and water/wastewater infrastructure improvements to new fire stations and libraries.
In support of Imagine Austin, the Neighborhood Partnering Program (NPP) provides opportunities for community and neighborhood organizations to affect public improvements by sharing in the costs of those efforts with the City of Austin government.
The City of Austin’s Safe Routes to School Program educates students on pedestrian and bicycle safety and provides crossing guards at crucial intersections. The program aims to tackle barriers that prevent students from walking and biking to school. Our goal is to empower the community by make walking and biking to school safe, convenient and fun for students and families!
The Public Works Department Sidewalk Program is responsible for repairing and adding miles of sidewalks around the City of Austin. The Americans with Disabilities Act is a driving factor in making sure that the right-of-way along our streets is safe and accessible for all, but there also are projects being built for transportation and recreational use.
Composed of professional and technically skilled staff, Public Works Street and Bridge Operations manages and maintains public right-of-way infrastructure including streets, bridges, sidewalks, guardrails, trees and vegetation. Our five divisions patch potholes, resurface streets, repair utility cuts, maintain the City’s medians, right-of-way maintenance on trees, and respond after storms.
The Austin Urban Trails Program promotes non-motorized pathways for recreation and active transportation. These trails are designed for users of all ages and abilities! Currently there are approximately 30 miles of urban trails in Austin. The Urban Trails Master Plan envisions 47 additional miles of high priority trails to be built over the next two decades.