Mission: To ensure the integrity and reliability of the Municipality of Anchorage's infrastructure through our Project Management & Engineering, Traffic, Maintenance & Operations, and Administration Divisions.
The Project Management & Engineering Division delivers completed Public Works projects to meet the needs of our community. Our engineers perform all aspects of engineering and design for planning and construction of roads, sidewalks, storm drains, trails, and parks. Street designs include both new construction and reconstruction, curbing and gutters, traffic signals, signage, and street lighting. Other key responsibilities of the Division include storm water run-off management, flood hazard reviews, right-of-way acquisition for municipal projects, and administration of Road Improvement District projects.
The Traffic Division promotes and ensures safe and efficient transportation. Responsibilities encompass the day-to-day operation of Anchorage's traffic signals and street signs. The Traffic Division provides services that move people and goods on city roads and pedestrian systems. We focus on addressing neighborhood traffic concerns and operations that maximize public safety.
The Maintenance and Operations Division performs a major portion of the maintenance needs on municipally-owned properties throughout Anchorage. Activities include street maintenance including snow removal, facility maintenance, fleet maintenance, communications, managing facility capital improvement projects, and a variety of other maintenance needs.
- Street Maintenance is one of the biggest, and costliest, responsibilities of municipal government. It's also one of the most necessary. The Street Maintenance Division must keep approximately 1,300 lane miles of streets at an adequate level of service and safety. An important function of Street Maintenance is to provide snow and ice removal to ensure a safe and accessible transportation system during winter months.
- Facility Maintenance provides the maintenance of over 164 municipal buildings and over 211 parks. Maintenance responsibility includes all facets of building maintenance including HVAC, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, welding, painting, graffiti removal, and roofing repairs.
- Fleet Maintenance provides essential maintenance and repairs for 578 municipal vehicles and equipment, to include the Anchorage Police Department fleet of an additional 455 vehicles.
- Communications & Electronics provides expertise to ensure that public safety communications and electronic systems are fully functional for all Municipal agencies. Some of the supported systems are the Police and Fire 911 Centers, 12 microwave radio sites, mobile computer systems used by Police, Fire and Transit, 250 automatic defibrillators and nearly 3,000 mobile and portable two- way radios.
- Capital Projects provides project management services on major general government building renovations and new construction capital projects. This section is responsible for new construction such as the Mt. View Library, fire stations, and Eagle River Town Center. They are also responsible for all maintenance projects, which include things such as roof replacement, lighting, fire control systems, painting, heating, and any other miscellaneous projects related to facilities.
The Public Works Administration Division is responsible for performing essential support tasks for administration of projects, personnel, finance, and budget issues. The Division is also the home of the Curator of Art for Public Spaces, and management of the 1% for Art Program. Division staff manages the Capital Improvements Program, the Adopt-a-Road Program, and Limited Road Service Areas (LRSA).
Public Art Program
It is the program's goal to reflect a diversity of artists and mediums through representation of new and traditional artforms practiced in local, regional, national, and international communities in a range of style, scale, media, form, and intent. This is accomplished through the integration of artists and their work into the process of creating public spaces in order to enhance the aesthetic environment and encourage public interaction with and enjoyment of the places that they live, work, and play.
The Adopt-A-Road Program
This program allows community groups, organizations, businesses, or individuals to "adopt" a section of roadway and be responsible for the cleanliness of the area. Groups agree to perform a minimum of three cleanings of the area adjacent to the roadway during the non-snow months for a minimum of three years. Please call the Public Works office at 343-8135 for more information.