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Physical address:
110 S. Pine Street, Suite 221 
Santa Maria, CA 93458

Mailing address:
110 S. Pine Street, Suite 101
Santa Maria, CA 93458 

Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed Fridays.

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The Department of Public Works/Engineering is responsible for ensuring that City-owned transportation infrastructure and facilities, transit services and capital improvement programs are designed, engineered, constructed, maintained and/or modified in a presentable and safe condition. The department coordinates a variety of activities and services including the preparation of plans and specifications for public works related construction projects; the design and inspection of public facilities; ensuring the proper installation of all public improvements made in new subdivisions, such as streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, water mains, sewer lines, and drainage; and provides custodial service to City facilities. The Streets division is responsible for preventive and regular maintenance of streets and appurtenant facilities. Santa Maria Area Transit (SMAT) system provides a regional public transportation service. 



City Lights / Traffic Signals
Report inoperable streetlights and traffic signal concerns by contacting (805) 925-0951 ext. 2229. After hours or on weekends you may leave a message on the City's Streetlight Hotline - (805) 925-0951 ext. 2229.

City Sidewalk / Potholes
Report a damaged, raised or hazardous City sidewalk or a pothole by contacting (805) 925-0951 ext. 2229.

City Facilities
To report an unsafe condition at a City facility contact (805) 925-0951 ext. 2229.

Public Works Organizational Chart

PublicWorksDirectorSTEVEN B. KAHN
Director of Public Works

City Phone: (805) 925.0951 ext. 2225 
City Fax: (805) 928-4995


Manager of Public Works Department, streets and facilities maintenance; transit system; and engineering.   


  • Registered Civil Engineer - California
  • Licensed Land Surveyor - California
  • A.A., Cabrillo Junior College
  • B.S., Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Director, Public Works Department, City of Santa Maria
  • Utilities Engineer, City of Santa Maria
  • Public Works Director, City of Atascadero
  • Senior Civil Engineer, City of Santa Maria
  • Senior Engineer, Engineering Development Associates
  • Staff Engineer, Central Coast Engineering


  • American Society of Civil Engineers - SLO Branch
  • American Public Works Association – Central Coast Chapter


  • Marital status: Married 30 years
  • Children: Two
  • General interests: golfing, backpacking, gardening, ocean sports

Mission Statement

To effectively provide public works services to all City residents in a courteous, responsive, responsible and efficient manner.

2018-19 Goals/Objectives

  1. Update the Citywide Traffic Model to provide updated information on traffic levels of service, traffic volumes, and intersection delay. Produce a revised Circulation Element of the General Plan to detail the existing and future circulation system for the City, and identify circulation improvements to provide a high level of service.
  2. Continue planning, environmental, and design of new interchanges at Highway 101 and Broadway, Highway 101 and Betteravia, and Highway 101 and Main Street (U.S. Highway 166) to accommodate significant growth in traffic volume and continue design and construction of the left turn pocket at Broadway and Main Streets.
  3. Design phase one of the Downtown Multimodal Streetscape Plan in collaboration with the Community Development Department to enhance and promote pedestrian and bicycle safety access, and to further promote economic development.
  4. Identify, procure, and integrate a new comprehensive fleet management software system.  This system will save staff time, increase efficiency, and create more comprehensive reports necessary for budgeting and analysis of the City’s fleet equipment.
  5. Begin upgrade of City traffic signal equipment to enhance signal coordination and operation, and allow remote intersection surveillance and signal timing modifications.
  6. Construct operational improvements to the Betteravia Interchange to improve circulation.  Improvements include additional right-hand turn lane and sight distance improvements to the southbound off-ramp, as well as additional vehicle storage for the left-hand turn pockets for the Highway 101 northbound on-ramp and southbound Bradley Road.
  7. Complete annual roadway maintenance projects such as chip seal, slurry seal, overlay or reconstruction as recommended by the City’s Pavement Management System.  The work is completed with a blend of Public Works Operations in-house work and contractors.  A portion of this work is funded by the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1).
  8. Construct pedestrian and landscape improvements in the South Broadway area, and underground streetlight service lines on South Broadway from Betteravia to Stowell Road.
  9. Install energy-efficient LED street lights in areas of the City where they are lacking to improve visibility, safety, and quality of life.
  10. Initiate a Short Range Transit Plan that will improve customer convenience, mobility with alternative transportation, productivity, and the farebox ratio for the City’s public transit system.

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