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The Engineering Division is responsible for the physical improvements to the community’s infrastructure from both public and private development projects. This includes Newark’s entire public street system, parks, and other City-owned property and buildings.

Among other duties, the Engineering Division administers the Capital Improvement Plan, implements the Stormwater Program. designs and manages City-funded construction projects, reviews private development projects, reviews subdivision maps and other mapping documents, provides traffic engineering services, reviews applications for encroachment permit work, provides inspection services for all work within the public right-of-way, and manages the traffic signal and street light systems.

On the menu to the left are links to some common Engineering Division informational requests. If you can’t find what you are looking for or need more clarification, please contact us.

Some other common inquiries to the Engineering Division have to do with concerns about street light outages, traffic signal malfunctions, or damaged sidewalks or streets. We want to keep the Newark community as safe as possible with efficient, properly managed transportation and lighting systems. We count on you to let us know when you see a problem in your neighborhood!

Reporting a Problem

To report a problem, please send an email to or call (510) 578-4589. In addition to your name and phone number, please provide the following information for each of the following types of problems:

Street Lights

Please provide the pole number (a 3-digit or 4-digit number found on the lower portion of the pole) or the street address nearest the pole. Please also describe the nature of the problem that you have observed: complete outage, dim or flickering light, light on during daylight hours, etc. Requests for repairs received by Monday are typically repaired by the end of the same week. You can also report street light problems by calling the Street Light Hotline at (510) 578-4263.

Traffic Signals

Please provide the intersection location of the traffic signal, the direction, travel lane, and/or corner where the problem was noted, and a brief description of the problem observed. Traffic signals are typically repaired the same day or the next day, depending on the nature of the problem.

Sidewalk or Roadway Damage

The City of Newark has a repair program for damaged sidewalks and curb and gutter that includes concrete grinding and annual projects for removal and replacement of severely damaged improvements. Please provide the location of the sidewalk problem and we will evaluate it for repair as soon as possible. Roadway damage is a less common occurrence, but please contact us with the specific location if you see a problem on a City street.