2015 National Public Works Week

On behalf of all of us at Harris, a sincere THANK YOU to all of the public works professionals who strive to make our communities a better place to live!

  • Day 7 - Morgan Hill "Complete Streets" Pilot Project / Karl Bjarke, PW Director, City of Morgan Hill and Julie Chiu
  • Day 6 - City of Yorba Linda Town Center / Gary Solsona and City of Yorba Linda Assistant City Engineer, Rick Yee
  • Day 3 - 204th Street Extension and Improvements / City of Lynnwood PW Employees and Phillip Gagnier
  • Day 2 - Holly Drive Widening Project - doesn’t this street take a great selfie photo?
  • Day 1 - Greenspot Bridge Project / Carole Sanders

Congratulations to the APWA Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year for 2015. Thank you for going above and beyond to build stronger communities!

  • Jeb Blackwell - City Engineer, City of Charlotte, NC
  • Stan Brown - Director of Municipal Services, City of Oakwood, GA
  • Tom Collins - Deputy Director of Public Works, Town of Natick, MA
  • Darwin Durnie - Director of Business Development, Stantec Consulting in Alberta, ON, Canada
  • Greg McCaffery - Director of Municipal Services, City of Junction City, KS
  • Natalie Meeks - Public Works Director, City of Anaheim, CA
  • Dennis Randolph - Director of Public Works, City of Grandview, MO
  • Greg Reeder - Public Works Director, City of Council Bluffs, IA
  • Paul Smeltzer - Director of Water and Wastewater, Niagara Region, ON, Canada
  • John Trujillo – Public Works Director, City of Phoenix, AZ

Day 7: Thanks to public works…community roads are safer, air pollution is reduced and experiencing a city’s downtown area is more enjoyable.

Why Harris "hearts" this project:

Going on a diet isn’t easy. Try getting city streets to go on a “diet”—that is, reducing the number of lanes on the street. This is the challenge that the Morgan Hill public works professionals are facing. After convincing the residents and City Council of the many benefits of a Complete Streets program—such as, improved safety for all users, reduction of air pollution, increased accessibility and efficiency of public transportation—the City approved a “pilot program” where roadway lane reduction will be implemented for a 6-month trial period. During this trial period, the community will experience for themselves the benefits of the new street configuration before deciding to commit to the improvements.

Day 6: Thanks to public works…residents can enjoy innovative green and sustainable community amenities and still experience an area’s historical charm.

Why Harris "hearts" this project:

The best of both worlds come together seamlessly at the City of Yorba Linda Town Center. Combining the latest state-of-the-art green and sustainable technologies while preserving the City’s unique Old Town charm will create more than just a desirable destination, but a sense of place that is both pride-inducing and authentic. The revitalization of the City’s historic Town Center will include a wide variety of street, streetscape, landscape, utility and grading design, as well as sustainable solutions and complete streets.

Day 5: Thanks to public works…we have streetlights to keep our neighborhoods illuminated and safe at night.

Why Harris "hearts" this project:

Who turned the lights off? Thankfully, for the City of Novato, residents don’t have to ask this question. The City's public works pros make sure that neighborhoods have the appropriate lighting to keep residents safe at night. But keeping the lights on is no easy task—there are certain policies and laws that the City must comply with, for example, California Proposition 218, to ensure services are apportioned correctly to tax paying residents. They must also deliver detailed reports to the City Council to ensure resident taxpayers are getting the services they pay for. Yes, all of that has to happen just to keep the lights on!

Day 4: Thanks to public works…the flooding effects of a treacherous river are mitigated.

Why Harris "hearts" this project:

As the song goes, “Like a bridge over troubled waters…I will ease your mind”—and the Cooper Street Bridge does exactly that—it eases the minds of all who cross the bridge now that it is raised above the floodwaters of the Muddy River. Residents of Clark County no longer fear the prospect of crossing the Muddy River at Cooper Street when heavy rains come. They travel safely along a new bridge with an elevated road.

As careful stewards of our client’s resources and reputation, we work hard to deliver projects that have our client’s best interest in mind. It was important for the County to address environmental challenges as this project was intended to protect more than the area’s human residents. Before construction began, an environmental survey was conducted to document and remove any pre-nesting or nesting birds in order to safeguard the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher and other protected migratory bird species.

Day 3: Thanks to public works…our roads are safer.

Why Harris "hearts" this project:

Sharing is caring! And for many people in the City of Lynnwood, whether traveling by car, by foot or by [insert your mode of transportation here], the roads are shared by everyone. As stewards of public safety, the public works professionals who serve the City were given a critical task: make it easier and safer for people to travel the busy roads. With the improvements to 204th Street, they will accomplish just that—allowing vehicular and pedestrian access between 68th Avenue W and Highway 99 at 204th SW. In addition, there will be enhanced pedestrian safety along 68th Avenue W with improved curb, gutter and sidewalks, streetlights, and a roundabout for added traffic calming measures.

Day 2: Thanks to public works…underserved communities can reap the benefits of safety and beauty from streetscape improvements, thereby cultivating pride for area residents.

Why Harris "hearts" this project:

Where there once was nothing, there now is. When this project began, Holly Drive in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of San Diego was a dirt road with no existing curbs, gutters or sidewalks. But at the recent ribbon cutting ceremony on May 4th, residents celebrated their new Holly Drive street improvements: enhanced vehicular and pedestrian safety, flood protection to properties within the project footprint and ADA compliance.

Helping to instill a sense of dignity and pride for area residents, Harris is proud to have partnered with the pubic works professionals at the City of San Diego to build stronger communities.  

Day 1: Thanks to public works…it’s easy and safe for pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles to travel over a river.

Why Harris "hearts" this project:

Allowing safe travel back and forth over the Santa Ana River, whether by vehicle, bicycle or foot, is now an option for people in the City of Highland. The City was able to save their historical Old Iron Bridge, which can now be safely used by bicyclists and pedestrians—away from vehicular traffic, and a new bridge for vehicles was constructed. The new bridge has a four-lane structure, enhances public safety and provides for future road expansion and utility crossings. The bridges were named in memory of Jennifer Brooks, a local resident bicyclist and City of Highland attorney who was killed traveling along Greenspot Road.

Shaping solutions with sound judgment is a value that Harris consistently upholds. Leveraging our staff’s years of experience and knowledge, we diligently helped to solve the City’s challenge: to provide everyone a safe and accessible way to travel.


Each day during National Public Works Week, May 17-23, we featured a "selfie" photo of a Harris employee-owner with a public works-related project on our website and social media using the hashtags: #NPWW and #HarrisHeartsPW

Thank you to all who participated in National Public Works Week!