Tuesday, 17 September, 2019


The Public Works (PW) Department maintains 93 miles of streets throughout the City of Grand Rapids and 16 miles of MnDOT roadways.  Maintenance includes street sweeping, storm sewer maintenance, pothole patching, tree trimming, boulevard maintenance on sidewalks and general mowing.  The PW Department is also responsible for overseeing street crack sealing, which prolongs the life of the city streets.  The street crack sealing which follows the schedule of a 10 year Pavement Maintenance Plan developed jointly by the Engineering and the PW Departments.  Please use the Quick Contact Form to the right or call the PW Department at 218-326-7480 if you have a concern within the City's Public Right of Way.

Traffic Control

Maintenance of the street and stop signs is another responsibility of the Public Works Department.  When a sign is broken a temporary sign may be installed until an arrangement for its replacement can be made.  As part of our efforts for public safety, while crossing city streets, you may often see the Public Works “Arrowboard” truck directing traffic in the summer as we paint crosswalks.  Public Works also utilizes the "Arrowboard" truck to direct traffic when making general street repairs and also storm sewer maintenance.

Traffic Signals & City Street Lights

Traffic lights repairs and outages are reported to the Public Works Department, but are then maintained by the Public Utilities.   If you have any questions, or see a light out please contact Public Works at 326-7480 or 326-7481.

City Trees

The City of Grand Rapids is a proud member of Tree City USA and has maintained that status for over 20 years due to our active participation.  The Public Works & Engineering Departments reforest the boulevards, parks and other public owned property.  If you feel your boulevard tree may not be doing well, please give us a call at 218-326-7481, and our City Forester can come and inspect it.

Other Entities

Water, Sanitary Sewer, and Power:

Public Utilities  218-326-7024 or publicutilities@grandrapidsmn.org

Garbage Pickup:

Waste Management  218-328-6213