Public Works

Department Overview

Every day dedicated professionals across the Department of Public Works take pride in the jobs they do to protect the health, safety and well-being of everyone in the community. We are comprised of a team that designs, builds, refurbishes, replaces, oversees, and maintains a complex combination of above ground and below ground public infrastructure.

Department News

Framingham DPW to Reduce Curbside Leaf and Brush Collection  
                                                                                           9/24/20
Graphic of fall leaves and trees. Text:Framingham Public Works, Curbside Leaf Collection Nov.  16-28

The Framingham Department of Public Works (DPW) will reduce curbside leaf and brush collection due to a portion of funding for leaf and brush removal being eliminated from the Sanitation Division’s Operating Budget. 

Curbside leaf collection will occur November 16-28, 2020, and brush collection will occur November 30 – December 4, 2020. 

“Every fall, we typically offer five weeks of curbside leaf collection and two weeks of curbside brush collection,” said Blake Lukis, Director of Public Works. “This reduction in service is attributed to the combination of increased leaf disposal cost and budgetary reductions.” 

The reduction of this service was presented in DPW’s Operating Budget Presentation to the City Council Finance Subcommittee on May 7, 2020. 

Residents who plan to take advantage of curbside collection should reference the requirements for Curbside Leaf and Brush Collection.

Residents with a valid Recycling Drop-Off Center Permit can also utilize the Yard Waste Facility on Dudley Road, Friday, and Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Beaver Street bridge to reopen to vehicular traffic and pedestrians
                                                                                              9/9/20
Photo of the Beaver Street Bridge fully paved

The Framingham Department of Public Works (DPW) is pleased to announce that the Beaver Street Bridge will reopen to vehicular traffic and pedestrians this evening, Wednesday, September 9.

Construction for the bridge started in late April 2020. The existing bridge structure was demolished and replaced with a new concrete structure. Additional improvements include new water, sewer, and drainage utilities, sidewalks, guardrails, and pavement.

 “A project of this magnitude paired with a long duration road closure can be impactful,” said Blake Lukis, Director of Public Works. “The entire DPW team appreciates residents’ and businesses’ patience and cooperation throughout this process.”

Punch list items will continue to be addressed after the bridge’s opening.

Framingham Department of Public Works
Urban Street Sweeping Program to Resume Tuesday, July 21

                                                                                    07/08/20


Photo of a yellow DPW Street Sweeper cleaning the road

The City of Framingham Department of Public Works will resume the Urban Street Sweeping Program, starting with Area C, on Tuesday, July 21.

Each Tuesday, July 21 through December 1, a different set of streets will be swept from 9 a.m. - noon.

Streets will be grouped into four areas, Area A, Area B, Area C, and Area D, with each being swept a different Tuesday of the month.

Parking restrictions will be in effect. Vehicles parked on the street during the posted times will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

Thank you for helping keep Framingham streets and waterways clean! Your cooperation is appreciated!


FRAMINGHAM DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS to Resume Permit Sticker Sales, July 1
As of July 2, a Permit will be required for entry to the Recycling Drop-Off Center (RDC) and Yard Waste Facility
                                                                                           6/25/20

Sanitation Truck Collecting Recyclables
The Framingham Department of Public Works will resume permit sticker sales July 1, for entry into the RDC, located on Mount Wayte Avenue, and the Yard Waste Facility, Dudley Road.

Permit stickers will be valid from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. If you already purchased a 2020 permit earlier this year, it will be valid through June 30, 2021.

Stickers can be purchased for $20 at the DPW Operations Center, 100 Western Avenue, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., or the RDC during regular hours of operation.

Proof of residency (vehicle registration) will be required to purchase a sticker. Registration must be current, non-commercial, and show a Framingham address. For leased vehicles, the accompanying insurance policy showing a Framingham address must be presented.

Residents whose vehicles do not conform to the above requirements may complete a non-conforming vehicle application form for permit consideration.

Per Governor Baker’s Order and the City of Framingham’s Emergency Order, face coverings will be required to enter or use any City facilities. Residents are asked to practice social distancing.

The RDC is open Thursday (for recycling only) 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

 The Yard Waste Facility is open seasonally, Friday and Saturday 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.


Osmose Utility to Begin Inspecting Utility Poles on May 20 Throughout the City of Framingham

                                                                               5/18/20

Verizon-Osmose-Notice-Letter

The Framingham Department of Public Works has issued a street permit to Osmose Utility, a Verizon Wireless subcontractor, allowing them to inspect utility poles throughout the City that are located in the public right-of-way.

Inspections will begin on May 20 and are being conducted proactively by Verizon to deliver maintenance and to identify utility poles to be scheduled for replacement. Workers will be in Osmose-branded vehicles, dressed in safety attire, and carry identification badges.

Per Massachusetts law, Osmose Utility is required to file Dig Safe tickets. Dig Safe paint markings will be visible near utility poles throughout the City.

Reference this document for more information about Osmose’s proposed work scope and messaging.

Please send all questions, comments, or concerns to Osmose Utility at (770) 632-6700 or submit an inquiry form on their website.


INTERESTED IN THE HISTORY OF THE CITY'S MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS?

DID YOU KNOW?

About 50% of the City's roadways were built before World War II. 25% of the current stormwater, water and wastewater infrastructure put in place at that time is now over 70 years old.

The City of Framingham tripled in population during the 25 years after World War II and 50% of the stormwater, water and wastewater systems were installed.

In 2006, the city accelerated the Capital Improvement Program to remedy this situation.

LEARN MORE ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE COMMUNITY