Public Works & Engineering

The Public Works and Engineering Department operates and maintains the engineering infrastructure essential for a high quality of life in Duncan.

This department delivers key services to the public, including Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste Collection, Water and Sewer infrastructure management, Parks maintenance, mapping, road works and capital projects.

Road Maintenance

Street cleaning removes dirt and debris from City streets to provide an aesthetically pleasing and healthy environment for City residents. The City’s Sweeper is equipped with a vacuum, which picks up the swept debris and puts it in a hopper at the Public Works yard.

Street cleaning reduces the dirt and debris going into storm sewers, thus enhancing the quality of storm water going into the Cowichan River. Street sweeping occurs every third week during the year, provided ice and snow are not present on the streets.

The City of Duncan does not clean strata access roads. Please contact your strata council or management company for information on sweeping in your complex.

Below are some useful tips to allow for a clean sweep of debris from city streets:

  • Remove vehicles (where practical), basketball hoops or other items from the street that may impede the street sweeper from cleaning debris from gutters.
  • Keep tree branches, bushes and other foliage trimmed back to prevent them from being tangled in the sweeper’s brushes.

Whenever we have snow, the City’s plows will clear the busiest streets first, then downtown streets, and then residential streets. If snow continues to fall, crews will work throughout the day and night to keep the roads with the highest priority clear before clearing residential streets.

Please remember that owners are required to ensure that snow or ice is removed from sidewalks in front of residences and businesses.

Current Capital Projects

The City is undertaking the following capital projects:

Coronation Avenue Traffic Study

ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd. will be performing a traffic study on Coronation Avenue between the Trans Canada Highway and Ypres Street.  The purpose of this project is to assess pedestrian safety but will also look at Active Transportation Plan implementation, vehicle safety, and intersection performance.


Government Street Traffic Improvements

Stantec Consulting Ltd. has been retained to create a detailed design and perform a traffic impact assessment at the Government Street and Canada Avenue intersection.  The purpose of this project is to create construction drawings to improve vehicle, pedestrian, and cyclist movements as well as assess the impacts of those improvements on adjacent intersections.


Second Street Water, Sanitary and Storm Main Project

Stone Pacific Contracting Ltd. will be commencing with the upgrades to Second Street’s water, sanitary and storm mains. This project will include new watermain and replacement of the storm and sanitary mains.