The Engineering Division of the Public Works Department prides itself on being versatile and resourceful with respect to all engineering related projects for the City. On a daily basis, this Division’s staff is involved in a variety of tasks ranging from work on schools, bridges, roadways, storm drainage, sanitary sewer mains, water mains, traffic signals, and sidewalks.
The Engineering Division has an operating budget of approximately $1,000,000 and consists of five licensed professional engineers, two licensed surveyors, a traffic engineer, traffic technicians, a CAD draftsman and administrative staff. All take great satisfaction in the design and administration of worthwhile, solidly engineered, safe, and budget-conscious designs for construction, renovations, and improvements related to City projects.
The Engineering Division’s mission is to ensure the high accuracy and efficiency of all work that affects the City and the public and to see that proposed engineering projects are designed and inspected based on sound engineering standards and guidelines to prevent a negative impact on properties and the general public. Our staff works closely with consultants, contractors, architects, engineers, and developers to secure project approvals in the shortest possible period of time. The Engineering Division also provides regular technical reports and reviews to the City Council.
- As part of the City’s Bridge Replacement Program, Engineering is working closely with consultants on reconstruction/improvements to the Reservoir Street Bridge, Jefferson Avenue Bridge, Kenosia Avenue Bridge near Lake Kenosia, Crosby Street Connector Bridge, and the Triangle Street Bridge.
- Plans and specifications for intersection safety improvements to Westville Avenue and Highland Avenue were designed in-house to address the limited sight distances and steep grade of Highland Avenue.
- Progressing through design and bidding for various phases of the Addition and Alterations with Safety Improvements at the Danbury High School Complex project. This $50,000,000 project is funded by the DHS 2020 Bond and State of Connecticut School Facilities Unit.
- Plans and specifications are being prepared for bidding construction of the New Animal Control Facility. This project will be funded by the PIP2016 Bond.
- This year the Engineering Division approved 201 sanitary sewer and water connection permits.
- Daily reviews of site plans, special exception/subdivision applications, design and subsequent construction of sanitary sewers, water mains, subdivision roads, and storm drains proposed by developers.
- Support and expertise with respect to storm drainage issues around the City and provided necessary mapping, past history, survey, easements, and design assistance to help resolve drainage concerns.
The Division continues to enhance and manage the GIS mapping for the City. GIS mapping has been a valuable tool to all City departments and agencies in their daily operations and for future planning purposes.
Our survey crew continually works on easements, verification of rights of way, street tree locations, monitoring reservoir levels, preparing CAD surveys for in-house design of City projects, and updates maps of the entire City storm drainage systems using GPS equipment.
- Our office worked with a consultant to prepare an updated Stormwater Management Plan and registration for a new general permit as required by the State of Connecticut D.E.E.P. regulations for a General Permit for the Discharge of Stormwater from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4).
- We are also working with a consulting engineer and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to remove the accumulated sediments along the Still River Channel, between White Street and a point downstream of the Triangle Street Bridge embankment, which will improve channel capacity and flow.
The Traffic Engineer and staff technicians strive to provide safe and efficient travel for vehicles and pedestrians through the City by maintaining traffic control, pedestrian, vehicle, and rail pre-emption devices, public traffic cameras, and municipal fiber communication infrastructure along with installation and maintenance of pavement markings. Our Traffic Engineer provides advisory counsel to the Legal Traffic Authority, Planning and Zoning Department, and the Connecticut Department of Transportation relative to local traffic issues. It also handles public traffic complaints and pedestrian mobility and safety.
- Traffic Division has completed supervision of the installation of traffic lights at the intersection of Lake Avenue, Segar Street, Shannon Ridge Road, and Ridge Road.
- Performing construction administration of State Project 34-313 for improvement of mobility on North Street (Route 37) from Madison Avenue to northerly of Hayestown Avenue.
- Traffic is working with other State projects including improvement of the intersections of Pembroke Road (Route 37) with Barnum and Stacey Roads at a cost of approximately $5,000,000; improvements of the Newtown Road (Route 806) corridor at a cost of approximately $12,000,000, as well as improvement at the Coalpit Hill Road and Triangle Street intersection at a cost of approximately $6,000,000.
The Division’s friendly and responsive staff is committed to providing outstanding customer service and assisting residents in their information relative to their needs.