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Public Works

Public Works

We ensure that Boston’s streets, sidewalks, and bridges are safe, clean and attractive. We maintain street lights and provide snow and ice control. We also manage residential garbage collection and disposal as well as curbside recycling.

Our department provides core basic services essential to neighborhood quality of life. We direct the general construction, maintenance, and cleaning of approximately 802 miles of roadways throughout the City. We operate two major drawbridges, maintain 68,055 City-owned street lights, and supervise contracts for the removal and disposal of approximately 260,000 tons of solid waste. We also operate Boston’s recycling program with an annual diversion of approximately 44,000 tons.

Learn more about how Public Works helps the City.

Public Works
1 City Hall Square
Room 714
Boston, MA 02201-2024
United States
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Upcoming events

Boston Hazardous Waste Drop Off
May 6

Household hazardous waste dropoff

Recycle your clothing and textiles
May 6

Recycle your clothing and textiles

Free household electronics recycling event
May 6

Free household electronics recycling event

Image for City Council Committee on Ways and means hearing on Dockets #0536-0543, FY18 Budget, Public Works Department
May 8

City Council Committee on Ways and means hearing on Dockets #0536-0543, FY18 Budget, Public Works Department

Blackstone Block

Connect Historic Boston

We’re working to connect historic sites in downtown Boston.

We want you to be able to safely bike, walk, and drive to these locations.

News and announcements

Constructions workers worked at a site in Boston
Mar 2

Safety is our first priority at Public Works

Public Works
Default News image
Feb 8

Alert: Changes to Mass Ave. bike lanes ahead of snow event

Boston's Public Art
Jan 27

Artist Cristina Parreño Alonso selected for public art project in Hyde Square

Public Works
Mayor Walsh at a 2015 press conference
Jan 7

Mayor Walsh announces preparations for weekend winter storm

Mayor's Office

Reports and publications

Reports and publications

The Construction Inspection Unit (CIU) produces a daily report, Monday through Friday, of all active utility and private contractor construction work taking place in the Public Way throughout Boston. In addition, they list all City resurfacing and reconstruction projects.

Emergency work notified to the unit after normal work hours (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) is not available in the report until the following work day.

You can see what construction is taking place in your neighborhood, the reason for the work, the contact information for the company, and the estimated completion date of the project.

Search active construction data

Download Active Construction Data