News release from the City of Fort Wayne:
Working in Your Neighborhood
Public Works Week Focuses on Today and Tomorrow
Infrastructure improvements of more than $70M slated
(May 20, 2014) – Large working vehicles from the City of Fort Wayne Division of Public Works and City Utilities were visible at Lindley Elementary today. Staff members took the vehicles to the school to share information with students about the vital role Public Works plays in neighborhoods throughout the City. Lindley kindergarteners and first graders were able to ask questions and see the City’s work vehicles up close.
The event was part of the American Public Works Association’s – Public Works Week event called “Building for Today – Planning for Tomorrow.” The theme focuses on building to improve a community’s quality of life and plan for practices that will ensure quality of life for future generations.
It certainly is a year to celebrate as more than $23 million will be invested in streets, sidewalks and trails and nearly $50 million in water and sewer improvements in the City.
Public Works connects with residents, businesses, and neighborhoods every week of the year. Our staff plows snow; picks up leaves; builds and repairs transportation routes, including roads, trails and sidewalks; erects and maintains street lights and traffic signals; protects neighborhoods from flooding; picks up your garbage and recycling and processes and provides quality water and sewer service for residents.
“Our public works staff touches all of our lives every day. It’s essential to the quality of life we have come to expect,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “Certainly, we all saw firsthand the critical services provided by our plow truck drivers and our water maintenance crews working in freezing cold temperatures to restore water service this past winter. From transportation, to our popular recycling program, to an enjoyable ride on our trails, to clean water – our public works staff is essential.”
National Public Works Week celebrates the contributions of public works professionals as well as the communities they serve throughout North America. The event recognizes the 28,000 public works professionals, from transportation, water, sewer, refuse collection and maintenance, which are vital to the success of their communities.
Infrastructure projects in progress this week:
- Crown Colony Neighborhood – Concrete Street and Sidewalk construction
- Concrete sidewalks on Heatherton and Olympia
- Grinding in prep for paving projects – Pinehurst and Pine Valley
- Trail construction – Engle Road near Jefferson
- Ewing and Jefferson – sewer separation project
- Southwood Park Neighborhood- water main replacement — Indiana Avenue area
- Northcrest Neighborhood – water main on Riviera