DPW by the Numbers

San Diego County is a big place. One of the largest counties in the State of California, it has more land area than Delaware, Rhode Island and Washington D.C. combined. It has enough roadway just in the unincorporated areas to stretch from here to Pensacola, Florida. And it’s a big job to maintain it all – to ensure over 75 miles of guard rails are inspected and safe, that over 200 bridges are structurally sound, more than 400 miles of sewer lines are inspected and cleaned each year, and stormwater systems are ready to handle the winter rains.

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Besides keeping our roads safe and passable – fixing potholes; clearing snow on mountain roads; removing boulders and fallen trees on other roadways before the storms have even left the area, DPW crews maintain more than 44,000 street lights and traffic signs. They regularly paint miles of road striping and more than 12,000 legends on our roads - those legends that warn of a stop sign ahead, or when we’re approaching a school crossing.

 

Public Works processes more than 4,000 permits each year, everything from road closures for a neighborhood block party to moving oversize equipment on County roads.

County airports handle over half a million flight operations annually, including the Sheriff’s ASTREA helicopters and emergency medical flights.

Yes, it's big job to keep the county infrastructure up and running. Over 500 dedicated, professional, and courteous workers at DPW are up to the task.

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Size of San Diego County - Square Miles

4,526

 

Size of Unincorporated Area - Square Miles

3,567

 

Departmental Budget - Annual

$302.2 M

 

Employees

512

 

Permanent Work Locations

16

 

Roads Maintained - Centerline Miles

1,941.91

 

Bridges Maintained

204

 

Airports - Owned & Operated

8

 

Airport Flight Operations - Annual

511,137

 

Major Projects Designed - Annual

15-25

 

Permits Processed - Annual

4,036

 

Special Districts / County Service Areas

72

 

Legends Painted on Roadways

12,652

 

Traffic Signals

195

 

Street Lights

6,672

 

Traffic Signs

36,668

 

Guardrails - Miles

56.47

 

Sewers Maintained - Miles

432

 

Wastewater Treatment Plants

5

 

Sewer Pump Stations

11

 

Water Systems

4