ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — For the rest of the week, members of the Star City community are encouraged to salute their public works heroes, the ones who work hard to take care of Roanoke every day of the week.
In addition to being National EMS Week, the week of Sunday, May 16 through Saturday, May 22 is the 61st National Public Works Week.
According to Roanoke city officials, this special week — which has been sponsored by the American Public Works Association/Canadian Public Works Association since 1960 — is meant to encourage APWA members to share their appreciation for the public works professionals who work for them.
“That work focuses on infrastructure, facilities, and services that are of vital importance to sustainable and resilient communities, and to the public health, high quality of life, and well-being of citizens,” the City of Roanoke said in a statement.
During their meeting at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, members of the Roanoke City Council are set to adopt a proclamation recognizing May 16–22 , as Public Works Week in the City of Roanoke, celebrating the dedication of the Star City’s public works professionals in the Solid Waste, Stormwater, Facilities Management, and Transportation divisions, as well as in General Services Department.
City officials say these workers are responsible for rebuilding; improving; and protecting Roanoke’s transportation systems, solid waste systems, public buildings, and other essential structures and facilities.
For more information about National Public Works Week, follow this link.