City Department Of Public Works Continues To Provide Critical Services And Support Overall City Efforts During COVID-19

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LOS ANGELES, CA (April 14, 2020) — The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works continues to provide critical services and support the City’s ongoing efforts during COVID-19. The Department remains dedicated to the public safety and health of all Angelenos, from our residents to our employees, and appreciates the continued patience and understanding of all.

"The great members of our Department of Public Works family continue to work tirelessly to support the City's efforts during this pandemic, whether on the frontlines or behind the scenes," said Board of Public Works President Kevin James. "I want to personally thank our more than 5,000 employees, who have gone beyond the call of duty to serve Angelenos during this unprecedented time."

Public Works is currently providing and/or assisting with these services:

*StreetsLA has shifted street resurfacing projects and street sweeping to select high traffic streets and major commercial corridors to minimize impact on residential streets as more people are at home and vehicular traffic is less during this time. Over the weekend, StreetsLA completed street resurfacing work on 7th Street from Figueroa St. to Main St. in Downtown LA. More information on changes to their work plan are available at StreetsLA.lacity.org/ADAPT.

*LA Sanitation and Environment has partnered with the YMCA to provide showers, bathrooms and locker rooms for unhoused individuals at nine YMCA facilities in the City.

*LA Sanitation and Environment will temporarily pick up additional trash or recyclables if needed on residents’ regular collection day until further notice.

*StreetsLA, in partnership with Outfront JC Decaux, began the installation of hand sanitizing stations at heavily used bus stops.

*StreetsLA worked with farmers markets on social distancing and public safety operational plans in order to remain open. More than 30 farmers markets plans within the City have been approved.

*Parking enforcement has been relaxed for posted street sweeping routes, but residents must comply with other, temporary parking restrictions for StreetsLA street resurfacing, sidewalk repairs, and tree trimming projects or they risk being ticketed or towed.

*The Bureau of Engineering completed A Bridge Home shelter at the VA West Los Angeles Campus, which has capacity to house up to 50 homeless veterans.

*The Bureau of Engineering and LA Sanitation have assisted in the transport and provision of sanitary services, including the disinfecting and pumping out of septic tanks of 283 trailers from Hansen Dam to various sites. Overall 535 trailers were donated by the State of California to house patients.

*Engineering’s Development Services Program is issuing permits and delivering all services via online applications or other electronic means such as email. For those few items that cannot be submitted electronically, customers can drop off materials for processing at specially designated locations. Engineering is also now able to accept payment via electronic check. Please visit https://eng.lacity.org for more information on the special procedures in place, including dropoff locations, contact emails and phone numbers; and to apply for services online.  

*The Bureau of Contract Administration inspectors are visiting construction sites to ensure that social distancing is being practiced and protective equipment is being provided.

*Bureau of Street Lighting crews continue their work to keep the streets of Los Angeles illuminated. In the last month, nearly 3,500 lights have been repaired.

*Street Lighting, in partnership with the DWP, is offering free electric vehicle charging through its electric vehicle chargers attached to streetlights in the City of Los Angeles.

*The Office of Community Beautification teams continue to remove graffiti and conduct public right-of-way cleanups, but are currently not engaging community service workers for their own safety.