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City of Hamilton - Our People Survey - Jump into the Action

The City of Hamilton (ON) completed the “Our People Survey” among all staff, reaching out to more than 7,500 employees. The focus of the survey was to gather thoughts and suggestions on how to support positive culture and values in the workplace. The City’s Public Works Forestry Section jumped into the action by taking a photo to encourage all employees to take the survey. The survey results are now being used to make improvements in the workplace, foster innovation, and help build positive changes in the community.

We Keep the City Running

The City of Newport News, Virginia, Department of Public Works keeps the City running by enhancing the quality of life for City residents by providing professional public works services to safely and efficiently manage the infrastructure with which we have been entrusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety from Aquaphalt

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) located in Ruckersville, Virginia is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries and property damage — from crashes on the nation's roads. Aquaphalt is responsible for immediately repairing any potholes within these five acres under a fabric tent — the largest tent structure in the U.S. Aquaphalt is the only permanent repair material for asphalt that begins to harden immediately. The IIHS was founded in 1959 by three major insurance associations representing 80 percent of the U.S. auto insurance market. At first, the Institute's purpose was to support highway safety efforts by others. A decade later, IIHS was reinvented as an independent research organization. In 1992, IIHS opened the Vehicle Research Center (VRC). Tucked in the foothills of central Virginia, this state-of-the-art facility is where IIHS performs the crash tests that form the basis of its widely consulted vehicle ratings. Aquaphalt assisted the IIHS road rehabilitation during the IIHS’s major expansion of the VRC to accommodate intense research on advanced crash avoidance systems. And in 2015, Aquaphalt was once again part of more IIHS expansion — a $30 million boost to its VRC enabling the IIHS to evaluate crash avoidance technologies year-round with weather controls such as a tent. Aquaphalt is so honored to be a part of this tented test track making drivers safer; as of late 2015, the IIHS and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a voluntary commitment by 10 automakers to equip all new vehicles with a standard front crash prevention system with automatic braking; as of today, more 99% of the U. S. vehicle market is ultimately represented. This is what The Power of Public Works means to Aquaphalt!

The Superior Power of Public Works

Superior Signals is helping to enhance the Power of Public Works one mile at a time.

A Safe Route For The Future

City Infrastructure is crucial for safe communities. BHC RHODES’ Public Works Services works closely with local governments, school districts and private companies to design the safest sidewalks and roadways to navigate through our neighborhoods. This photo represents just how important pedestrian and bike safety is for our present and future generations. Every child deserves a safe place to walk and bike, especially to school. We believe in the “Power of Public Works” and building a strong future in Kansas City for years to come.

Spring Conference Service Event Volunteers

The annual Gull Lake Recreation Area service project during the APWA-MN Spring Conference was a success, with members planting trees, cleaning beaches and trails, and creating a sign inventory!

Empowering Our Employees To Serve

York County DPW is responsible for maintaining the infrastructure of York County, VA. The employees of DPW are on the ground (sometimes in rain, snow, or heat!), and are the heart of the operations. We are so proud of the work they do every day!

Before the Rising Sun

“SOLID WASTE DRIVER CREED” I AM A SOLID WASTE DRIVER I RISE BEFORE THE BLAZING SUN EQUIPPED AND READY TO SERVE THE CITIZENS OF THE CITY OF EL PASO I WILL PROVIDE GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE I WILL ACCOMPLISH MY TASK WITH SAFTEY BEING MY FIRST PRIORITY I AM PROUD OF MY OCCUPATION I WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN MY COMMUNITY I AM A SOLID WASTE DRIVER

Midwest Snow 2018

Managing a massive snow piles in Mount Prospect, IL after a winter snow event.

Intermodal Terminal - Pulling Our Region Together (PORT)

This photograph captures the construction of a 240-foot long loading dock at the Port of Monroe along the River Raisin in Monroe, Michigan. The project also involved the dredging of nearly 30,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediments to deepen and widen the river adjacent to the dock. The project is being financed through a Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) loan through the Michigan Department of Economic Development and a grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The City of Monroe Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA) also submitted an Act 381 Brownfield Work Plan for the approval of local and school tax capture. BRA tax money will be used to repay the MSF loan. The project involved significant coordination between two contractors, Geo. Gradel Co. and Wohlleb-Socie Co. AKT Peerless Environmental & Energy Services provided environmental and grant administration consulting services. Design engineering was performed by Johnson & Anderson. The dock is now being utilized as a loading terminal for intermodal transportation of cargo between ships, trucks and rail cars.

'People' Power can sometimes be the most Powerful!

Don’t we just love our big equipment and powerful machines in Public Works operations! This photo is a visual example of the power of the ‘person’, or in this case the two people, and the shovels and old-fashioned ‘down & dirty’ work that has to be performed to get a job done at one of Centennial, Colorado’s Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority’s (SEMSWA) facilities. Over the years, this channel filled with sediment from upstream development in the 1990’s, a period when there was no enforcement in place to control sediment releases during construction. Almost 1,000 cubic yards of sediment was removed from this low flow trickle channel (mostly using equipment, of course!), uncovering several forgotten trail crossings. This picture is just one example of the powerful concept of dedicated stormwater professionals that do the ‘tough’ routine jobs to maintain our systems to meet stormwater quality requirements, mitigate flooding risk, enhance open space and multi-modal trail enjoyment, and ensure capital dollars spent on drainageway improvement construction meet, and even exceed, expected lifecycles. More ‘power’ to routine maintenance and the people who perform it!

Los Angeles Rams Football Stadium

The new stadium under construction, photographed from a 737 headed to LAX!