Virtual Public Works Week
The City invites you to celebrate National Public Works Week (NPWW), which will be observed countrywide the week of May 18th 2020. NPWW recognizes tens of thousands of men and women in North America who provide services and maintain the infrastructure collectively known as public works. This celebration calls attention to the value of public works programs in sustaining our communities.
This year’s theme for NPWW is "The Rhythm of Public Works." It challenges residents to think about their community as a symphony of essential services, working in concert to create a great place to live. Every community has a rhythm, a heartbeat that reflects its essence and tempo of life.
The City is celebrating NPWW virtually, as a measure towards reducing the risk of spreading the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community. The City is commemorating Public Works Week with this website where you can learn more about the City’s Public Works program.
Public Works Department
The City’s Public Works Department is responsible for the planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance of public infrastructure (such as roads, bridges, sewage systems, the municipal drinking water system, street lights, traffic signals and building facilities). The Department also provides an array of services such as street sweeping, trash and recycling collection, graffiti removal, and drinking water. You can learn more about the Public Works Department by clicking on the links below.
The Department of Public Works oversees City infrastructure. It includes facilities such as roads, bridges, water system, sewer system, street lights traffic signals and drainage facilities. These facilities are essential to quality of life.
Roadway Network: The City has a road network of 137 miles of streets and alleys, which provide access citywide.
- Mobility Element - The Mobility Element sets forth the plan for mobility and circulation within the City. For more information, please follow the link to Mobility Element.
- Bicycle Master Plan - This plan is the guiding document for all bicycle infrastructure, policies, and programs in the City. It proposes an extensive network of streets designed to be safe and comfortable for bicyclists. For more information, please follow the link to the Bicycle Master Plan.
- Pavement Management System (PMS) - One of the City’s largest capital investments is in the maintenance of the City’s paved roadway system. For more information, please follow the link to the PMS.
Drinking Water System: The City owns and operates a municipal water system through which it provides quality drinking water to approximately 90% of the City. It primarily consists of 135 miles of water mains, 7 active water wells and 5 reservoirs, and uses groundwater as its primary source.
- Water Master Plan – The primary focus of this master plan update is to evaluate the City’s distribution system capacity to meet existing and future potable water demands. For more information, please follow the link to the Water Master Plan.
- Urban Water Management Plan – The plan informs how the City will provide for a safe, secure water supply in the short and long term. For more information, please follow the link to Urban Water Management Plan.
Street Trees: Spending time near trees improves physical and mental health by increasing energy level and speed of recovery, while decreasing blood pressure and stress. Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning costs. Trees are filters for urban pollutants and fine particulates. The City manages an urban forest with over 18,000 street trees.
- Street Tree Master Plan – The plan was developed to manage the future growth of the urban forest. The City plants new trees based on the Street Tree Master Plan. For more Information, please follow the link to Street Tree Master Plan.
Sanitary Sewer System: The City owns and operates a sewage system. It is an underground pipe network for transporting sewage from properties serving residential, commercial and industrial facilities citywide.
- Sewer Master Plan - The purpose of this master plan is to identify deficiencies in the existing public sewer system, recommend alternatives to eliminate the deficiencies, and prioritize, thereby provide the City with a basis for improvements in its sewer infrastructure management system. For more Information, please follow the link to Sewer Master Plan.
Street Light System: Aside from providing public safety at night, a well-designed lighting system also encourages nighttime commercial and recreational activities. The City owns and operates over 4,300 street lights citywide.
- Street Lighting Master Plan – The plan support the City’s goals of providing the appropriate lighting to promote public safety and energy efficiency. For more Information, please follow the link to Street Lighting Master Plan.
Field Operations Division
The Public Works Department, Field Operations Division provides a wide array of maintenance services such as street sweeping, trash and recycling collections services, tree trimming, road maintenance, sidewalks, street lights, traffic signals and sewer system, litter and graffiti removal.
Potholes: Street crews are responsible for filling potholes. Please report potholes at (323) 563-5785.
Graffiti Removal Services: City crews aim to remove graffiti seven days a week, 24 hours after it is reported. You can report it by calling the Graffiti Hotline at 323-563-5773 or visit the graffiti removal program website
Illegal Dumping: Help keep South Gate clean and report illegal dumping at 323-357-5802. For more information follow link to Illegal Dumping website.
Report Street Lights and Traffic Signals - Please report malfunctioning street lights and signals at (323) 563-5773.
Water Services - The Department operates the City’s municipal water system which provides quality drinking water to 90% of the City’s residents. To report a leak or request a repair, call (323) 563-5790.Street Sweeping: Nationwide Environmental Services provides street sweeping services. In addition to keeping City streets clean, the Street Sweeping Program is in response to Federal and State Clean Water regulations to remove debris from the streets and gutters before it can enter the storm drain system. For more information, follow the link to Street Sweeping Program website.
Trash and Recycling Collection Services - Waste Management provides residential trash and recycling collection service once a week, along with commercial and industrial refuse collection. For more information, follow link to Trash and Recycling Service website.
The Public Works Department, Engineering Division is responsible for the planning, design and construction of City infrastructure. The Department is currently overseeing a Capital Improvement Program with more that $62 Million in funds to improve City infrastructure.
Firestone Boulevard Regional Corridor Capacity Enhancement Project (The Boulevard Project) – The project was implemented to reduce congestion, enhance safety and beautify Firestone Boulevard. Improvements included increasing the overall number of traffic lanes from four to six; repaving the roadway; synchronizing traffic signals; adding landscaped and hardscaped raised medians; and adding aesthetically pleasing features. Construction of the project is complete. For more information, please follow the link to Firestone Boulevard Project.
Imperial Highway and Garfield Avenue Street Improvements: The improvements are proposed to enhance safety, address deferred maintenance issues and for beautification. Imperial Highway improvements include but are not limited to center medians with drought tolerant plants, repaving of the roadway, replacing damaged sidewalks, curbs & gutters and replacing street furniture. Garfield Avenue improvements include new pavement, curb and gutter, sidewalk, curb ramps, median improvements, cleaning of pavers, restriping, and signal improvements. For more information, please follow the link to Garfield Ave & Imperial Hwy Project.Chakemco Street Improvement Project - The project aims to improve pedestrian safety, and to change the design of the roadway to serve adjacent uses. Improvements include the reconstruction of deteriorated asphalt concrete pavement, construction of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, wheelchair ramps, bulb-outs, pedestrian lighting, planting of palm trees, landscaping and irrigation. For more information, please follow the link to Chakemco Street Project.
Long Beach Boulevard Green Street Improvements- The project is proposed to enhance safety, to address issues of deferred maintenance, for greening and for beautification. Improvements include raised medians with drought tolerant landscaping, roadway repaving, upgraded pedestrian lighting, enhanced crosswalks, flashing beacons, sidewalk repairs, curb ramps improvements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and improvements to enhance bicycle safety. For more information, please follow the link to Long Beach Blvd Project.
Urban Orchard Project - The project is a multi-purpose undertaking that aims to meet several goals such as storm water run-off quality, recreation, Los Angeles River revitalization, water conservation and re-activating vacant land. Amongst its unique features, it proposes to divert stormwater from the Los Angeles River to the park where it will be filtered and used for irrigation. For more information, please follow the link to Urban Orchard Project.
I-710 Soundwall Project - This project has a goal of shielding the Thunderbird Villa Mobile Home Park from freeway noise. Improvements include soundwalls, a pedestrian trail with landscaping, lighting and new irrigation. For more information, please follow the link to the I-710 Corridor Soundwall Project.
Water Facilities Chlorination System Upgrade Project - The project aims to enhance water quality by installing permanent chlorination systems on water wells systemwide. Improvements include installing of new bulk sodium hypochlorite disinfection systems, metering pumps, chlorine analyzers, electrical panels, ventilation equipment, and piping improvements. For more information, please contact the Water Division at 323-563-5790.
Citywide Concrete Improvements, Phase VII - The project aims to enhance pedestrian safety. It entails the reconstruction of damaged sidewalks, drive approaches, cross gutters, curb and gutters and removing street trees at various locations citywide. For more information, please contact the Engineering Division at (323) 357-9657.
Several regional facilities, such as freeways, rivers, and railroad tracks, serve the City. Some of these facilities are undergoing improvements such as to enhance transportation, air quality, recreation and safety (regional projects). The Public Works Department participates in regional projects to ensure that the City’s needs are met.
I-710 Corridor Project - Project objectives include improving air quality and public health, improve traffic safety, modernize the freeway design, accommodate projected traffic volumes, address increased traffic volumes resulting from projected growth in population; and employment and economic activities related to goods movement. For more information, follow the link to I-710 Corridor Project.
Los Angeles River Revitalization Plan – This was a planning process for improvements along the project area all aimed towards celebrating neighborhoods, protecting wildlife, promoting the health of the river, and leveraging economic development. For more information, follow the link to Los Angeles River Master Plan.
West Santa Ana Branch Project - Metro is evaluating a new light rail transit (LRT) line that will connect southeast LA County to downtown Los Angeles, serving the cities and communities of downtown Los Angeles, unincorporated Florence-Graham community of LA County, Vernon, Huntington Park, Bell, Cudahy, South Gate, Downey, Paramount, Bellflower, Cerritos and Artesia. For more information, follow the link to West Santa Ana Branch Project and here http://www.eco-rapid.org/Participants/board_history.shtml
I-105 Freeway Sustainability Study – This study is to assess freeway and arterial congestion, and will also consider additional corridor improvements, such as complete streets concepts, high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, ExpressLanes, and other advanced operational strategies. For more information, follow the link to I-105 Freeway Sustainability Study.