The DPW functions to provide safe travel over city streets and walkways, environmental stewardship through the treatment and distribution of high-quality potable water, efficient conveyance, and treatment of wastewater, and the management of storm water to meet environmental standards. DPW assists and promotes the economic development and sustainable growth of the city through maintenance of City assets, the plan review process, mapping, and related engineering services. DPW promotes quality of life in Fitchburg by providing varied and numerous leisure and recreational opportunities through the maintenance and improvement of public lands and parks, and the operation and maintenance of public burial grounds. The DPW also issues permits related to work being performed in the public right-of-way, including permits for curb cuts, sewer connections, and trench permits.
There are 236 miles of streets in Fitchburg. 182 miles are public streets, 45 are private, and 9 miles are state highway
There are 73 bridges in Fitchburg, of which 31 are owned and maintained by the City
The City owns 17 dams
DPW is responsible for 427 acres of land in 33 parks
DPW is responsible for 6 public burial grounds encompassing 64 acres
Every year, the DPW welcome hundreds of kids to DPW Day, where kids of all ages get to sit in DPW construction equipment, pick up tires in the excavator, play in a giant sandpile and take part in lots of other fun activities