The design group provides traditional services pertaining to street design for curb and gutter and ribbon paving including storm water collection and piping, as well as water and sewer extensions. These projects come to the group through Citizen Petitions and City Council Enabling Act for infrastructure. The design group also provides services for new sidewalk and curb ramp construction and repair, as well as project specific advice on street and trail resurfacing, emergency utility repairs and construction projects such as the pedestrian bridges over NC147 and I-40, and pump stations.
In addition to the design responsibilities, the group is charged with the following tasks:
Managing the city’s mathematical model of the water distribution system
Disseminating fire flow test data and performing new tests for the development community as they are required
Evaluating proposed petition projects for constructability
The deployment of Primavera contract management and project scheduling software
The production of Departmental Videos
Review and approval of NCDOT construction projects that affect the city’s water, sewer and storm water infrastructure; including municipal and utility agreements, and getting those agreements through the City Council approval process
The survey group provides the traditional data collection services associated with the design of Civil Engineering projects, and also serves other departments in the city by assisting with mapping, platting of properties to be acquired or liquidated, the delineation of easements and public rights-of-way, and property and boundary research and surveys.
As a result, in addition to its responsibilities within the Department of Public Works the Survey group has been called on to provide support and services to General Services, Parks and Recreation, Water Management and the Police Departments.
Utility Locate Services
The Utility Locate unit is responsible for locating the City's underground water, sewer and storm water infrastructure as part of the state wide 1-call network.