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Public Works

Public Works

We ensure that Boston’s streets, sidewalks, and bridges are safe, clean, and attractive.

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.
Christmas Tree Pickups
We collect trees for composting during the first two weeks of January on your first recycling day. Place trees on the curb by 7 a.m without ornaments or lights.

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

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Jan 17

Preparations ahead of expected snow

Mayor's Office
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Jan 5

City to lift snow emergency and parking ban at 5 p.m.

Mayor's Office
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Oct 25

Traffic Advisory: North Washington Street Bridge Overnight Lane Closures

Oct 11

Mayor Walsh breaks ground on $2.5 Million North Square project

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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