Public Works

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In honor of National Public Works Week, the public is invited to an open house and heavy equipment demonstration on Wednesday, May 24, from 1:00pm to 7:00pm at the City’s Public Works facility, 625 Glenwood Street, Waterloo. The celebration will draw attention to the critical roles that public works play in the City’s economy and the daily lives of citizens. This family-friendly event is free and will feature a variety of fun activities for kids.

Visitors will be offered a unique behind-the-scenes look at the skills, tools and equipment required to maintain the city’s infrastructure and provide daily services. In addition to facilities tours, visitors will have an opportunity to ride on heavy equipment including graters, sweepers, garbage trucks, lift trucks and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult and wear proper safety equipment during their visit. Special arrangements will be made for groups wishing to tour earlier that day.

National Public Works Week will be celebrated in cities across the country from May 21-27, 2017. To arrange a group tour for students, seniors, or those with special needs, please contact Sandie Greco, Interim Public Works Director by calling 319-291-4440 or by email to

The Waterloo Public Works Departments is comprised of 79 Employees, across five divisions: Street Department; Sanitation Department; Traffic Operations; Animal Control Services; and the City Fleet Management Department. These divisions provide specialized community services, efficiently and responsibly caring for:

  • 434 centerline miles of roadway
  • 277 miles of sidewalk
  • Rolling stock (vehicles and equipment), including automobiles, mowers, trucks of every description, snowplows, street sweepers, fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars.
  • Provide fuel distribution including Black Hawk County and Waterloo Schools.
  • Installation of energy saving LED lighting
  • Continuous traffic safety improvements
  • 548 pieces of equipment and vehicles combined
Recent Projects:

  • The Planning, Designing and Construction of the Public Works Building
  • The closing of the Yard Waste Site on Easton Ave. and the opening of the current one on Independence Ave.
  • Traffic Safety Improvements along the Washington corridor from Ansborough Ave. to San Marnan Dr.
  • Taking over Animal Control Enforcement and contracting with Cedar Bend Humane Society to board animals.
  • Provided support for volunteer organizations to clean city roadsides and for Operations Spring Green.
  • Provide fuel distribution including Black Hawk County and Waterloo Schools.
  • All departments provided flood support during the flood of September 2016.
  • Install decorative LED lighting on E. and W. 4th St. in downtown area.

Up Coming Projects:

  • Installing temporary signals at the intersection of Greenhill Rd. and Progress Ave.
  • Installation of signals at the intersection of Dubuque Rd. and Osage Rd.
  • Yard Waste Site expansion
  • Fiber optics installation and traffic adaptive system along the San Marnan corridor
  • Continue to study and update Animal Control Ordinance and public education
  • Connecting the bike trail from Washington St. to MLK Dr by making Park Ave. a bicycle friendly street in downtown Waterloo.
  • To continue Traffic Safety Awareness Campaign with Waterloo public and private schools and the online safety education for elementary students.
  • Continue to update street lighting with LEDs.

Contact Info:

Street Department: 291-4267
Sanitation Department: 291-4455 
Traffic Department: 291-4440 
Animal Control: 291-4440 – Option 4 
Fleet Management: 291-4445

These departments are located at 625 Glenwood Street