Engineering and Public Works Departments

Mission Statement

The Engineering and Public Works Departments are dedicated to serving the citizens of Paducah by providing professional engineering services that enhance the quality of life for the people who live in and visit the City of Paducah. Through the use of teamwork and coordination of well-organized divisions within the Departments, we not only provide effective and efficient support services for other City departments but also strive to use cost effective resources to deliver quality solid waste services and maintain streets, city facilities, and the City’s entire vehicle and equipment fleet while working diligently to maintain the City’s floodwall in order to protect the citizens, businesses and assets within the City of Paducah.

Engineering and Public Works Department Contacts 

Rick Murphy   City Engineer
Chris Yarber   Public Works Director

City Hall, 2nd Floor
300 South 5th Street
P.O. Box 2267
Paducah, KY 42002-2267
Phone:  270-444-8511
Fax:  270-444-8689

Solid Waste, Brush, and Yard Waste

Garbage Collection
Brush, Limb, and Yard Waste Collection


Curbside Recycling 
(Note: There is a drop-off location at Freedom Waste.)

Compost Facility

1560 North 8th Street
Paducah, KY 42001

Engineering and Public Works Departments - Divisions and Operations

Engineering Services - Engineering Services provides engineering support services for various governmental departments and divisions, administers infrastructure related capital improvements, and administers storm water, right-of-way, and other regulatory responsibilities and regulations required by the State & Federal Government.  This division is responsible for commercial site review, and provides reliable professional assistance to the public, ensuring the construction and maintenance of public infrastructure is carried out in a cost-effective manner, in accordance with sound engineering principles, practices, and regulations, helping protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. 

Facility Maintenance - The Facility Maintenance Division is responsible for the maintenance and care of 30 buildings (20 City employee occupied, 10 leased facilities) and 12 City owned/operated traffic signals. This division provides support to the Parks & Recreation Department for parks facilities including pools, shelters, playground equipment, and the skate park.  Facility Maintenance also provides custodial services of City-owned facilities and downtown bathrooms and maintains the aesthetics of decorative lighting systems in various City properties. 

Fleet Maintenance - This division oversees the Fleet Maintenance Fund and strives to establish efficient and effective delivery of City fleet services by providing customers with safe, reliable, economical, and environmentally sound transportation and related support services. Fleet Maintenance maintains and repairs all City vehicles and provides outside service to Concord Fire Department. 

Floodwall Operations - Floodwall Operations executes all operation and maintenance functions for the City’s floodwall and related appurtenances to ensure the highest level of preparedness for the protection of the community’s health, safety, and welfare that may be threatened during flooding conditions from the Ohio & Tennessee Rivers. 

Streets (Maintenance and Lighting) - The Street Maintenance Division is responsible for the maintenance and repair of approximately 446 lane miles of city roadways in addition to right-of-ways, sidewalks, alleys, curbs and gutters, drainage, city-owned parking lots, winter weather preparations, and independent storm sewer facilities. Street Maintenance maintains more than 3,000 traffic signs and 6,000 storm inlets. This division coordinates the work associated with City street restoration and rehabilitation coupled with the Municipal Aid Program.  Although lights are occasionally added to existing roadways, the majority of new lights come from new developments. 

Solid Waste Operations - The Solid Waste Division is dedicated to serving the citizens of Paducah by providing reliable quality Solid Waste and Yard Waste Collections and voluntary Recycling opportunities.  Solid Waste provides weekly solid waste collections for approximately 11,500 City customers and approximately 900 commercial businesses with multiple weekly collections and provides a Compost Facility that serves all of McCracken County.