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The Engineering Division of the Public Works Department is responsible for the planning, design and construction management of the City's public infrastructure.
Engineering has the following major functions
- Capital Improvement Program
Engineering plans, designs and administers the construction of public projects, including the rehabilitation and reconstruction of existing public infrastructure, and constructing new public infrastructure. Projects include streets, bridges, traffic signals, street lighting, drainage, sewer and water improvements. Engineering also provides technical support for Airport improvements and the City’s wastewater treatment plant. The planning aspect of public infrastructure includes developing master plans or management plans for streets, drainage, water and sewer. Annually, a five year capital improvement program is prepared to budget and schedule projects.
- Development Review
Engineering is responsible for the review and inspection of public infrastructure for new development projects. This process includes checking drainage studies, grading and public improvement plans, and maps to assure compliance with City standards and codes. The process continues with plan and map approval, issuing permits for construction, inspecting the improvements, and acceptance of the improvements for maintenance by the City.
- Traffic Engineering
Engineering is responsible for the design of an efficient and safe street network for all users including motor vehicles, public transit, bicycles and pedestrians. Engineering is responsible for deciding which traffic control devices are installed or modified. These devices include pavement markings (such as lane lines and legends) for 444 miles of streets, thousands of signs and 91 traffic signals. Tasks include traffic signal systems design, timing, and coordination plans, setting speed limits, collecting traffic volume and accident data, and preparing or reviewing various traffic studies.
Engineering checks private development subdivision maps, lot line adjustments, easement documents, and legal descriptions for technical correctness. Other surveying services include field surveying: for designing and construction staking of capital improvement projects; restoring or setting survey monuments and bench marks for maintaining the City's horizontal and vertical control networks; boundary surveys. Office services include preparing maps, records of surveys and legal descriptions for use by the City. Other than checking new development documents, the City does not provide surveying services for property owners or residents.
- Other Services
Other services provided include: preparing engineering reports for assessment districts for the maintenance of street lights, landscaping and drainage; managing the City’s storm water program; applying for and administering various grant funded projects; and acting as the City’s technical representative with various organizations such as Caltrans, the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Works, the County of San Bernardino Flood Control District, and the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority.