County public works earns national reaccreditation
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Allegheny County's Department of Public Works has received reaccreditation from the American Public Works Association, retaining its status as the state's only agency to achieve the certification.
The program recognizes agencies that meet or exceed standards of performance in such areas as road and bridge repair and maintenance, engineering and construction, building maintenance, parks and grounds maintenance, snow removal, utility coordination and vehicle maintenance.
About 80 public works agencies around the U.S. are APWA accredited.
"APWA accreditation means that our residents and visitors are being served by one of the best public works agencies in the country," said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, who accepted an award from the association along with Public Works Director Joe Olczak this week.
The department first earned accreditation in November 2007. A team of public works professionals from Colorado, Virginia and Missouri evaluated the department's operations during an April site visit.
The department maintains 810 lane-miles of road, more than 520 bridges and more than 12,000 acres of parkland and related facilities. It is also responsible for maintaining and improving county-owned buildings and infrastructure, as well as ensuring the safety and reliability of the county's vehicle fleet and heavy equipment.
First Published June 27, 2012 12:14 am