Other stories by Stephanie Johnston

  • Which is the Better Use of Taxpayer Dollars?

    It’s the time of year when we ask public works departments when and why they retain consultants vs. performing work themselves. After all, many men and women who staff our nation’s road, water, and waste agencies have the advanced degrees and technical knowledge required to design, engineer, and...

  • Geodatabase helps city get great PR

    Residents in Australia's second largest city are sending e-mails to their favorite trees.

  • Georgetown streetscape improvement

    Entities develop updated streetscape for upscale Washington, D.C. neighborhood.

  • Washington, D.C., suburb seeks civil engineer

    Here’s your chance to preserve the past while innovating the future as a Civil Engineer III (sanitary sewers). That’s the motto of Alexandria, Va., a historic community (settled in 1695) that’s now home to 140,000 people.

  • EPA fixes water pollution program after 25 years

    Gasoline and diesel is stored in tanks and conveyed via pipelines buried under the busy forecourts of convenience stores and fuel stations. As any water or sewer manager knows, those assets often leak. When they do, they poison one of the nation’s largest sources of drinking water.

  • Ka-BOOM! This bridge is going DOWN

    But in a very controlled fashion. And, since the structure in question is in California, an environmentally friendly one as well. The 18th Caltrans video on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge construction explains how the agency will take down the largest concrete pier in 6 seconds.

  • PA city seeks 4 public works employees

    Bounded on the north and west by the Susquehanna River, Lancaster is within driving distance of Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; New York; Philadelphia; Delaware beaches; and the Jersey shore. Also the seat of Lancaster County, the city calls itself “a place where historic preservation and a...

  • Small town offers big professional-growth opportunity

    The City of Sullivan, Ill., is taking applications until July 1 for the newly created position of Public Works Director. Located near Lake Shelbyville, which offers multiple opportunities for outdoor recreation, it’s a safe, progressive community with three major manufacturers, excellent schools...

  • Fountain repair

    It's taking 16 months to repair the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles near Paris.

  • Public works outreach

    Blog on city's website features public works employees' photos and interviews.