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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
Contact
617-635-4900
1 City Hall Square
Room 714
Boston, MA 02201-2024
United States
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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

Deep Roadway Maintenance
Sep 19

What is Boston's Deep Roadway Maintenance Program?

Public Works
Granary Graveyard During the Day in Spring
Sep 14

Mayor Walsh celebrates Granary restoration and improvements on Boston Freedom Trail

Mayor's Office
Heat map of where moving truck permits have been issued.
Aug 31

Mayor Walsh Issues Tips in Advance of September 1 Move-In

Mayor's Office
Franklin and Arch Streets will be test
Aug 29

Experimental Plaza to "Pop Up" in Downtown Crossing

Mayor's Office

Reports and publications

Reports and publications
Active Utility Construction Report
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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