Aaron Johnson | Director of Public Works
The goal of the Department of Public Works is to provide outstanding public services for the citizens of Harrisburg and our visitors while maintaining a superior infrastructure, guaranteeing a clean and safe environment, as well as sustaining a high quality of life.
- About Us
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Leaf Collection
The Harrisburg Department of Public Works is comprised of several divisions including Sanitation (solid waste & recycling); Highway (street maintenance, sweeping, plowing); Demolition (removing blighted properties); Traffic Engineering (signs, signals, & streetlights); Parks Maintenance (mowing, tree trimming, plowing); Vehicle Management (maintaining city’s fleet); and City Engineering (large city infrastructure projects).
The Department of Public Works maintains public infrastructure, manages the municipal solid waste collection and ensures a healthy, safe and natural environment. We are committed to providing efficient and effective high-quality customer service to the citizens and visitors of Harrisburg.
The Department of Public Works builds and maintains parks, streets, sidewalks, and bridges; and maintains greenway trails throughout Harrisburg. DPW bolsters neighborhood pride, protects our investment in infrastructure and promotes the safe, efficient movement of people, vehicles, and goods.
The Department of Public Works monitors and protects the environment in the City of Harrisburg with help from our residents and visitors. DPW responds to questions and concerns on a number of topics including, but not limited to, air and water pollution, open burning, illegal discharges, and water quality.
Frequently Asked Questions
My street light is out. How do I report it?
You can report a streetlight out by submitting a support request or by dialing 3-1-1 or 717-255-3040. An open ticket will be generated and your request will be forwarded to the Streetlight Supervisor.
How do I pay my trash bill?
Until further notice the City will only be able to accept payments in cash, check or money order. Payments can be mailed, brought to our office or placed in the City Drop Box. The Drop Box is located outside of the MLK Government Center to the right of the rear entrance.
How do I report a pothole or sinkhole?
You can report a streetlight out by submitting a support request or by dialing 3-1-1 or 717-255-3040. An open ticket will be generated and your request will be forwarded to the Street Repair Supervisor.
Who operates street sweeping?
Capital Region Water performs street sweeping in Harrisburg as one method to prevent dirt and grit from entering storm drains and reaching local water ways. You can learn more at capitalregionwater.com/streetsweeping or contact Capital Region Water at 888-510-0606.
Leaf CollectionLeaf Collection Dates: October 1 – December 7Do’s & Don’ts of Leaf Collection:
There is a limited number of free paper leaf bags for residents to pick up at the Public Works Center at 1820 Paxton Street between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. You can also buy the bags at most hardware and home improvement stores.
- DO put leaves in brown paper bags the night before sweeping day.
- DO pile leaves on the street.
- DO follow street schedule of sweeping.
- DON’T put leaves in plastic bags.
- DON’T pile leaves on the curb.
- DON’T pile leaves in front of drains.