This article outlines how public works officials, engineers, and environmental scientists can reduce costs and improve public relations on a municipal project. A proactive approach to citizen involvement includes several important initiatives designed to answer the who, what, where, when, why, and how of a proposed project. The following is a list of useful activities: posting/sending activity flyers to announce predesign tasks, sending personal letters to invite citizens to neighborhood meetings, holding neighborhood meetings, designing with citizen comments in mind, obtaining easement contacts, holding preconstruction neighborhood meetings, sending monthly newsletters, and maintaining onsite project representatives. Actively involving citizens in the design process and keeping them informed during construction allows them to feel as if they played a part in the completion of the project. By actively soliciting citizen comments, design changes can be made prior to the bid period, reducing expensive change orders and saving time.

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    Civil Engineering News, Incorporated

    1255 Roberts Boulevard, Suite 230
    Kennesaw, GA  United States  30144
  • Authors:
    • Wagner, T R
    • Perrow Jr, EJT
    • Reid, T J
  • Publication Date: 2000-6


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 68-73
  • Serial:
    • Civil Engineering News
    • Volume: 12
    • Issue Number: 5
    • Publisher: Civil Engineering News, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 1051-9629

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00795628
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 10 2000 12:00AM