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.
We provide free services to residents to help properly dispose of many different types of waste. Learn about the services we provide, find your weekly collection schedule, check out our zero waste programs, and much more!
Public Works Engineering Projects
We have information on bridge, design, and construction projects.
Public Improvement Commission
The commission owns and controls Boston’s public space. We play an important role in the City’s development and permitting.
Street Upgrades to Enhance Mobility and Safety for Everyone
Expansion of Open Streets Events and Open Newbury Announced
Curbside Food Waste Collection Program Expanded
Reports and publicationsReports
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.