The Public Works Department is the largest department within the City of Joplin. The department employs over 140 individuals that vary in experience and job responsibilities. Public Works is dedicated to making the City's $2.8 billion dollars' worth of buildings, roads, sewers, sidewalks, trails, and other public infrastructure safe and reliable. The department's annual budget of about $28-$30 million dollars and personnel maintain over 433 miles of sanitary sewer mains, approximately 8,150 sewer manholes, 378 miles of streets, 200 miles of storm sewer and ditch/channels, approximately 2,800 inlets/catch basins, and over 35 buildings/facilities plus the City's fleet of vehicles, equipment, and software.
The Department of Public Works for Operations provides essential and a wide variety of public services that are vital to our community and are essential in our citizens’ everyday lives. Some of these services included, but are not limited to: Public Safety, maintaining and sustaining city streets, alleys and Right of Ways (ROWS), maintaining signage & Signals, conducting small construction projects, bridge maintenance, sanitary sewers, Public buildings, the Airport Operations, Public Transportation, Managing Special Events in the City and Solid Waste Management. The Operations Section of Public Works are among the first responders during emergencies and disasters, working to restore essential services, continuing the work long after first responders have departed the scene in order to ensure the restoration of the infrastructure. It is vital for Public Works Operations to preserve services that directly affect the health, safety and comfort of this community for this and future generations.