PUBLIC WORKS was founded in 1896, but our mission has never changed: to share information that city, county, special district, township, and state infrastructure managers use to maintain their community’s quality of life.

We’re continuing our mission with a best-in-class search engine that lets you find what you need when you need it on our 24/7 infrastructure information highway.

Search all content back to January 2005:

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Search the site in one of three ways:

  • By Department (in the maroon navigation bar above)
  • By PUBLIC WORKS magazine issue.
  • By the search function: Type your query (author’s name, acronym, topic, etc.) into the white search box at the right

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We’re still ironing out the kinks, so please be patient.

But also feel free to ask questions and offer suggestions for creating the Internet’s best information exchange among public works professionals.

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