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Press Releases > Mayor Brown, Buffalo DPW Celebrate National Public Works Week

Mayor Brown, Buffalo DPW Celebrate National Public Works Week

May 23 – PUBLIC WORKS CONNECTS US is the theme of this year’s National Public Works Week, and the City of Buffalo Department of Public Works (DPW) plays a major role in connecting the Buffalo Community. From further improving infrastructure citywide, including roadways, sidewalks, and buildings, to delivering excellent drinking water, promoting recycling, and beautifying our neighborhood parks, Public Works touches the lives of city residents and business owners every day.

“We have a highly effective and dedicated workforce that touches the lives of Buffalo residents, business owners and visitors every day,” said Mayor Brown. “Whether they are repairing roadways, fixing sidewalks and curbs or improving our parks, DPW works daily to deliver leading public works services that enhance residents’ quality of life. Please join us this week as we celebrate the important role Public Works employees play in making our City thrive.”
DPW Week runs from May 21-27, 2017. To kick off the week, Mayor Byron W. Brown today recognized the contributions of DPW workers by issuing a proclamation, declaring May 23, 2017 as Buffalo Department of Public Works Day. The top of City Hall will be lit in ‘orange’ throughout the week, as part of this recognition.

Mayor Brown also launched the City’s annual residential paving program on Buffalo’s East Side, along Pansy, Regina and Mohican Streets. “As we continue to build a city of opportunity in Buffalo, we are making long-term investments to improve our infrastructure and provide a better quality of life for all city residents,” said Mayor Brown, as he issued a proclamation in celebration of DPW Week in Buffalo. “We are not letting up. Our roadway construction projects – big and small - are moving along. Our residents deserve streets that are paved and passable to get to work, school, or just around their neighborhood and I thank my partners in government for helping
us secure funding for these significant infrastructure projects.”

As part of DPW Week, Mayor Brown plans to highlight a number of DPW projects….beginning with a robust annual residential paving program. After already completing $1 million in sidewalk work this season, a $7.5 million investment in paving is planned for this season, with crews scheduled to pave over 75 residential streets An additional $27 million investment in major infrastructure work along key corridors is now underway or will be starting shortly, bringing Mayor Brown’s total infrastructure investment since 2006 to $240 million.

During DPW Week in Buffalo, Mayor Brown and the City of Buffalo will unveil several other new infrastructure and park projects. “Fun Facts” about the DPW will be posted each day on the City of Buffalo website, and various social media platforms and Government Channel 22.

Since 1960, the American Public Works Association (APWA) has sponsored National Public Works Week. Across North America, more than 28,000 members in the US and Canada use this week to energize and educate the public on the importance of the contribution of public works to their daily lives: planning, building, managing and operating the heart of our local communities and building the quality of life.
To learn more about National Public Works Week please visit: www.city-buffalo.com.