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San Diego County is a big place. One of the largest counties in the State of California, it has more land area than Delaware, Rhode Island and Washington D.C. combined. It has enough roadway just in the unincorporated areas to stretch from here to Mobile, Alabama. And it’s a big job to maintain it all – to ensure nearly 50 miles of guard rails are inspected and safe, that nearly 200 bridges are structurally sound, more than 450 miles of sewer lines are inspected and cleaned each year, and stormwater systems are ready to handle the winter rains.

Besides keeping our roads safe and passable – fixing potholes; clearing snow on mountain roads; removing boulders and fallen trees on other roadways before the storms have even left the area, DPW crews maintain nearly 50,000 street lights and traffic signs. They regularly paint more than 3600 miles of road striping and more than 11,000 legends on our roads - those legends that warn of a stop sign ahead, or when we’re approaching a school crossing.

Public Works processes more than 4,000 permits each year, everything from road closures for a neighborhood block party to moving oversize equipment on County roads. County airports handle nearly half a million flight operations annually, including the Sheriff’s ASTREA helicopters and emergency medical flights.

Yes, it s big job to keep the county infrastructure up and running. And the more than 525 dedicated, professional, and courteous workers at DPW are up to the task.

Have a comment about their work? Send it to the DPW Information Officer. Need something fixed? Complete our online service request form. We’ll get right on it.

We are: DPW – Working For You.

Area of County served  

4,200 square miles +  

Size of County in Unincorporated  areas 

3,469.5 square miles  

Annual  Budget   

$232 million in FY 2011-12  

Employees  

525 +  

Permanent Work Locations 

25 

Miles of Road Maintained  

1,933.35

Bridges Maintained 

194

Airports Owned & Operated  

Airport Runways

11

Annual Airport Flight Operations 

485,000 (2010)

Major Projects Designed Yearly

10-15

Permits Processed Yearly 

4,000 +

Special Districts/County Service Areas78

Legends Painted on Ground

11,272

Lane Miles of Striping

3,656

Traffic Signals

187

Street Lights

10,009

Traffic Signs 

34,905

Miles of Guardrail 

48.61

Miles of Sanitary Sewer

450

Wastewater Treatment Plants6

 


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