Public Works

The Public Works department provides the resources to efficiently manage and maintain programs, services and facilities that are vital to the community's health, safety and welfare such as streets and traffic control devices; storm drainage and flood protection systems; and public buildings. The Utilities Division makes its home in the Public Works Department. 

Dig Safe

Before beginning any type of construction, please contact Dig Safe at 800-DIG-SAFE (800-344-7233) or

You think you may know where the electric, gas, water, sewer, phone, cable TV or other lines are located on your property; however, you need to be 100 percent sure of their location in order to avoid disaster. City utility locators will go to your property, at no cost to you, and locate City mains and lines. Color coded flags will be placed to mark the locations of specific lines. To locate private lines on your property, contact a plumber. 

Notification of City of Manhattan Ordinance No. 7462, Right of Way Permit Program

On November 19, 2019, the City of Manhattan Governing Body passed Ordinance No. 7462. The purpose being to create a registration and permit process for facilities work impacting vehicular or pedestrian traffic or requiring excavation of the City Rights-of-Way. Effective 10/1/2020, the City will start to implement this ordinance through a required permit program. This ordinance is to assist the City of Manhattan in monitoring work being done in the City Right of Ways and that the work does not damage City infrastructure. If you have any questions or concerns pertaining to this, contact Ben Kearns at either or 785-587-4588.  

      Temporary Use of Public Right-of-Way Permit Application (online form)