Public Works Open House

In honor of National Public Works Week, the public is invited to an open house and heavy equipment demonstration on Wednesday, May 18, from 3:00pm 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 graders, sweepers, garbage trucks, lift trucks and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult and will be provided proper safety equipment during their visit. Special arrangements will be made for groups wishing to tour earlier that day.

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

  • 920 centerline miles of roadway
  • 198 traffic signals
  • 1,800 street lights and thousands of signs
  • 160 miles of line striping and pavement marking
  • 277 miles of sidewalk
  • 548 pieces of equipment and vehicles combined, 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

“Every day, our employees continue to show their hard work and dedication to the people of Waterloo. They see firsthand the importance of essential services and the impact it has made for the City of Waterloo,” says Randy Bennett, Public Works Division Manager. “We are grateful for their desire to keep the City moving forward during these unprecedented times.” 

In the event of rain or severe weather, the event will be postponed to the next day, Thursday, May 19.

National Public Works Week will be celebrated in cities across the country from May 15-21, 2022. To arrange a group tour for students, seniors, or those with special needs, please contact Sandie Greco, Traffic Operations and Animal Control Director by calling 319-291-4440 or by email to sandie.greco@waterloo-ia.org.