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Robert King, Director

Department of Public Works
1 Franey Road
Somerville, MA 02145

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Phone: 311 (617-666-3311 from outside of Somerville)

Operating Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.


DPW - Engineering
  • Engineering assists project management with various capital improvement projects including: street and sidewalk reconstruction and resurfacing; water, sewer and drainage projects. 
  • Review of private development site plans to ensure compliance to City standards and sound engineering design.
  • Provide engineering information to architects, consulting engineers and contractors relative to city infrastructure, policies and standards.
  • Provide land surveyors with information relative to street line, layout, land plans, street acceptance plans, topographical plans and assessor maps.
  • Maintaining engineering plans, drawings, field books and various records relating to all city-owned infrastructure including: street acceptance plans, sewer plans, drainage plans, water distribution plans, house sewer location field books, parks and playgrounds, city-owned buildings (except schools), etc.
  • Managing the City’s street opening permit program including issuing permits, coordinating the work of various private utility companies as they affect city road projects, ensuring that the trenches are properly backfilled, compacted and patched, and tracking all “dig-safe” mark-outs as they affect the City’s streets and utility lines.
  • Issuing sewer permits to licensed drain-layers for new sewer connections and for repair of existing sewers.
  • Inspection of new sewer connections and repairs to existing sewers.
  • Providing advice to various boards and public agencies and to the general public when the advice of a professional Civil Engineer is required.
  • Generating environmental compliance reports to the United States’ E.P.A., Mass. D.E.P., and the Mass. Water Resources Authority.
  • Reviewing petitions from various utility companies for grant of location requests within the city’s right of ways.