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 six 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 of improvements to various City bridges. Improvements to the Crosby Street Connector Bridge, Middle River Road Bridge and the Triangle Street Bridge are in design. The Reservoir Street Bridge and Jefferson Avenue Bridge were bid in 2017 and work will be completed in 2018.
- 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. Work on this project has been completed.
- Progressing through design and construction of 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 the construction of the New Animal Control Facility. This project is funded by the PIP2016 Bond.
- Tennis court replacements at Rogers Park and Danbury High School were designed in house. Construction is expected to be completed by spring, 2019.
- Plans and specifications for the first phase of the Balmforth Avenue sidewalk replacement project are at 90% completion. The project will be bid later in 2018.
- This year the Engineering Division approved 213 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 Public Works Director/City Engineer is highly qualified with decades of experience as a licensed Engineer. He has held the position of City Engineer in several other municipalities and was Danbury’s Acting City Engineer for a year and a half. He was appointed as Public Works Director/City Engineer in 2018.
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 continue to work diligently to address and comply with the many requirements related to this General Permit.
- We worked with a consulting engineer and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prepare plans to remove the accumulated sediments and vegetation 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 project was bid and awarded. Work on the project will take place during the summer of 2018, when flow in the river is low.
The Traffic Engineering staff strives to provide safe and efficient mobility for all modes of transportation throughout the City. The unit oversees operation and maintenance of assets worth over $25 million dollars including 77 traffic signals, 40 Fire and EMT pre-emption devices, 16 traffic surveillance cameras, 10 safe to school and low height clearance flashing beacons, 8 rectangular rapid flashing back devices, 8 at grade railroad pre-emption devices and 50 miles of fiber optic communication infrastructure for various municipal functions including internet and voice-over IP telephone communications.
During the year, Traffic Engineering worked with the State providing engineering services during construction for the North Street (State Route 37) Traffic Improvement Project and currently we are conducting the necessary inspections to facilitate its acceptance and closure. We are also working with CT D.O.T. in the design of improvements for Newtown Road between Plumtrees Road and Old Newtown Road intersections as well as Clapboard Ridge Road (State Route 39) between Beckerle Street and East Gate Road intersections. We are administrating activities with CT D.O.T. District IV Construction for the intersections of Pembroke Road (Route 37) with Barnum and Stacey Roads as well as Newtown Road and Shelter Lane intersection.
The Traffic Engineer provides professional advisory to the Legal Traffic Authority, Planning and Zoning Department and the CT D.O.T. relative to general traffic matters including land-use developments. Other functions include overseeing installation and maintenance of speed humps and pavement markings thoughtout the City.
The Division’s friendly and responsive staff is committed to providing outstanding customer service and assisting residents in their information relative to their needs.