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Public Works Contacts

SANDPOINT PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT is charged with a number of tasks. Twenty-five hard working fulltime employees are dedicated to providing the most efficient and customer friendly service possible.

The department is made of up of five divisions:

Public Works Administration - responsible for engineering, mapping, planning, and assisting the public with questions regarding area infrastructure.

Water Treatment and Distribution - the Water Division operates two surface water treatment plants. The Little Sand Creek Water Treatment Plant is on Schweitzer Road and the Lake Pend Oreille Water Treatment Plant is on Sandpoint Avenue north of City Beach . The combined treatment capacity varies from five to eight million gallons per day depending on stream flow in Little Sand Creek. Water is distributed to 2 four million gallon reservoirs before being delivered to over 4000 connections in Sandpoint, Ponderay , Kootenai, Dover and unincorporated areas of Bonner County surrounding Sandpoint.

Wastewater Treatment and Collection - through a system of fifteen sewage lift stations, thirty-five miles of sewer mains and a secondary wastewater treatment plant, the Wastewater Division is responsible for collecting sanitary sewage from within the corporate limits of Sandpoint and treating that sewage to stringent standards.

Street Division - responsible for maintaining the transportation system in Sandpoint including the storm water system. The division is responsible for maintaining approximately 55 miles of roadway.

Building Division - all building activity within the City of Sandpoint is governed by the latest edition of the International Residential Code (IRC) and International Building Code (IBC) and is required to have a building permit. In addition, all piping and appliance installation requires a permit from this division.

Public Works Links and Documents
2006 Water Master Plan ( for complete version email request )
2006 Wastewater Master Plan ( for complete version email request )
2007 Little Sand Creek Watershed Master Plan ( for complete version email request )
2007 Urban Area Transportation Plan ( for complete version email request )
Water CIP
Sewer Collection CIP
Wastewater CIP
Water Boundary Expansion Request
Water/Sewer Rate Study (100 pages) 2009
Water/Sewer rate increase explanation 2009
Water/Sewer New User Facility Fees Rate Study 2010


Bike Routes and Street Markings

The Sandpoint City Council recently adopted a City-wide network of bicycle routes. The bike route program is called "Explore Sandpoint!".  Click here for a map showing the adopted system, along with an explanation sheet and a drawing that demonstrates how vehicles and bicycles will share the road with the new pavement markings, called sharrows.


If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Public Works Dept. at 263-3407.

Selkirk Loop Interpretive Center

The Selkirk Loop Interpretive Center will be located at the Gateway Parking Lot, located adjacent to the southbound off-ramp of the Sand Creek Byway.  The City received a grant through the Federal Highway Administration to construct the interpretive center.  The center will serve as a rest area, welcome center, bike path trailhead and interpretive center.  Click here to see pictures of the proposed center.

For more information on the project, email Kody Van Dyk at

Downtown Streets Plan

With US 95 relocated to the Sand Creek Byway and the planned realignment of Highway 2, it is anticipated that many of the streets in downtown Sandpoint will shift from the Idaho Transportation Department to the City.  When the downtown streets no longer serve double-duty as state highways, it will be an opportune time for the City to redesign these streets in order to better serve the downtown businesses, residents, and visitors.  To that end, the City hired SERA Architects, who worked for many months with community leaders, downtown business owners, and members of the public, resulting in the Downtown Streets Plan and Design GuideClick here to review the Plan.

Schweitzer Cutoff Road Project

Updated notice on status of Schweitzer Cutoff Road Project. Click here.


The public is invited to comment on the proposed improvements to Schweitzer Cutoff Road. Click here for the drawings and information provided during the Fall 2012 public meeting.


If you have comments, please email or mail to: The Langdon Group, 250 S. Beechwood Ave., Ste. 201, Boise, ID 83709-0944.

Solar Roadways Demonstration Project

The city is pursuing a grant, in conjunction with Solar Roadways, and seeks input from the public on where to install a demonstration project.  If you would like to provide input, please call the Public Works Department at 263-3407.  Click here for a recent article in the Bonner County Daily Bee regarding this project.


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