FACILITY USE FORMS
Parks & Public Works Main Office
240 Old Hueco Tanks Rd.
Socorro TX 79927
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
parks & public works
To be indispensable to our customers, they should view us as their team of professionals whom they can count on to deliver vitally needed projects and services, on-time and within budget.
We will be the best for our citizens and our employees, and be recognized as a proactive, professional public works team.
- Safety: There is nothing more important than ensuring every employee finishes the day healthy and whole
- Service: We are here to serve the citizens of Socorro
- Integrity: We are honest and respectful
- Pride: We do quality work that we are proud of
The City of Socorro’s Public Works Department is responsible for the maintenance and operations of streets, rights of ways, infrastructure, drainage collections, parks, and recreation equipment. The Public Works Department is also responsible for regulatory environmental compliance requirements of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, The Texas Railroad Commission, The Texas Water Development Board, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The Public Works Department also has a significant role in Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Management planning for the City. Public Works is responsible for the daily security and protection of all assets and infrastructure. This responsibility also applies during all emergencies. The Public Works Department coordinates with the city management team, other city departments, and outside agencies to make timely decisions during emergencies and push accurate and timely notifications. In case of an imminent threat to life and property or another crisis, please dial 9-1-1.
Commitment of Responsibilities
The Public Works Department provides many services for the Socorro community. Whether the request is small or a significant emergency, city crews are ready to respond as quickly as possible and serve its residents.
STREETS & DRAINAGE
The Streets & Drainage Division of the Public Works Department strives to maintain Socorro’s best possible road infrastructure. This is accomplished through maintenance of streets, sidewalks, traffic signs and signals, and trimming trees that may adversely impact pedestrian or vehicle traffic. The department also cleans and mows all City-owned drainage ditches and drainage pipes and all other stormwater collection infrastructure and designated drainage areas owned by the City.
The department is responsible for approximately # miles of City-owned streets. Socorro residents passed the Bond Program, the largest in the City’s history. These projects impact the lives of residents in every part of our City and are vital to keeping up with our growth. Public Works is focused on ensuring all bond projects are delivered to the community utilizing the most efficient and effective methods.
All of us in the Public Works Department are committed to ensuring that all projects we undertake are delivered with quality, time, and budget. You can view the various Capital Projects, their status & details on our Capital Projects Tab.
Street maintenance is classified in the following manners:
This process effectively provides for a new street—replacing the subgrade and base, before constructing a new surface.
This process rebuilds pavement by “recycling” the existing asphalt. Existing asphalt and base materials are pulverized using a specialized machine called a reclaimer. The resulting material is then used to resurface the street. Reclamation is one of the most used road rehabilitation methods and can increase the roadway’s lifespan for decades. There may be work done to repair or replace a section of curb or sidewalk or a driveway where necessary. In those cases, work will be done before street work.
mill & overlay
This maintenance technique removes the top layer of asphalt from the street before a new layer of asphalt is overlaid. This process can extend the lifespan of a road for 10-15 years. There may be work done to repair or replace a section of curb or sidewalk or a driveway where necessary. In those cases, work will be done before the street work.
seal coat maintenance
Seal coating is the application of asphalt emulsion, followed by an aggregate cover. This process can extend the life of a street from 7 to 10 years.
The following significant streets are maintained by TXDOT (915) 790-4200, not the City of Socorro:
- Horizon Blvd.
- North Loop
- Alameda Ave
- Socorro Rd
The department is responsible for maintaining all parks, playgrounds, restrooms, pavilions, splash parks, athletic fields, and the lake in the City’s park system. Parks is responsible for numerous other city properties consisting of over __ acres and mowing of all roadside rights of way and creeks within the city limits where city easements have been established. This Division’s everyday work includes upkeep on high grass, high weeds, and visual hazards along the streets, sidewalks, pathways, and parks to ensure safe passage by motorists and pedestrians.
During the rainy season, many of their efforts are put towards dealing with rain and runoff water around the City and repairing roadways damaged by these heavy rains. An unfortunate side-effect of these rains is that they allow grass and weeds to grow more rapidly. We understand that trimming/mowing these areas is essential to our residents, and your Public Works Team has a plan to do so. They are beginning to trim/mow neighborhoods in the southeastern part of the City and work their way to the northwest.
Keeping our City well lit helps our residents prevent accidents and possible vandalism. Feel free to report any street light issue to our office. You may also report the problem to El Paso Electric Co. at 915-877-3400.
Guard Rails and Street Signs
The Street Department also operates a sign shop that creates and maintains the street and other related and required signs within the City of Socorro. To report guard rail or street sign damage, please contact our office at (915) 858-1114.
dead animal pick up
City personnel cannot collect dead animals from private property. City staff will pick up dead animals only from public streets that are a danger to moving traffic. This service is available only during regular working hours. The time of the animal pickup will depend on the time of the call and the working schedule.
solid waste & recycling
The City of Socorro does not provide any trash collection services or curbside recycling collection. The City’s Water Utility- Lower Valley Water District provides trash services to all of our residents. To schedule any service, including a one-time a year FREE bulk trash collection, please contact them at (915) 791-4480. If the water district cannot meet your trash requirements, bulk items may be taken to the Clint Landfill for a fee. Their number is (915) 212-6000
The City of Socorro is proud to do its part in going green by offering our community services at the City’s Recycling Center; for more information on our recycling efforts, please click here.