Engineering

The Engineering Department oversees the design and construction of public works infrastructure relating to streets, drainage, water and wastewater. The Department manages the City's Capital Improvements Programs and oversees public infrastructure for development activity. The Department also manages traffic and transportation engineering including signals, signage, and traffic and speed studies.

Engineering staff also provides the following services:

  • Engineering and surveying support for other departments
  • Plan preparation for minor public works projects
  • Maintain record drawings and easements for public works infrastructure
  • Review of building permits for public works
  • Coordinate utility relocations and ROW permits
  • Right-of-way acquisition
  • Coordinate with State and County officials
  • Floodplain Management

Capital Improvements Program

PermitEngineering staff manages the City's Street Capital Improvements Program (CIP) and the Water & Wastewater CIP. The Street CIP consists of bond programs that the voters and/or City Council approve.

The Water and Wastewater CIP is developed from the City's water and wastewater master plans. Bond programs follow a one or two year cycle. Projects include water mains, sewer mains, elevated water storage tanks, and pump stations. Water treatment plant expansions are managed by the Director of Water Utilities. Follow this link for the Water Master Plan and the Wastewater Master Plan, both were completed in 2011.

There is not a prequalification process for contractors to bid CIP projects. However, the City will investigate a contractor's financial stability, experience, and ability to perform upon successful bid.


Residential & Commercial Development

Looking at plans

The Engineering Department oversees all public works infrastructure on private development projects. Staff reviews plans and inspects construction for streets, drainage, water and wastewater. All building permits are reviewed by the Engineering Department for compliance with public works standards. Mansfield collects Roadway Impact Fees, and Water and Sewer Impact Fees for new developments. In accordance with the Subdivision Control Ordinance, financial surety must be submitted for all public infrastructure on development projects before a final plat will be recorded. Prior to beginning construction of public infrastructure the following must be submitted to the Project Manager:

  • Executed copy of contract including itemized proposal for public infrastructure
  • Performance and Payment Bonds naming the City of Mansfield "dual obligee" (if public infrastructure exceeds $25,000)
  • Two-year 100% Maintenance Bond on City's form
  • Inspection Fee in the amount of 3.25% of the public infrastructure cost
  • Trench Safety Report prepared by a Texas Licensed Professional Engineer if required

The Engineering Department also inspects underground private fire lines in cooperation with the Fire Department. Fire Protection System work may require a separate permit from the Fire Marshal's office. Engineering staff also inspects private water and sewer systems for projects such as apartment complexes or office parks in cooperation with Development Services.


Engineering Construction Inspections

Engineering Construction Inspectors oversee field work for all public works infrastructure. Mansfield requires compliance with the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) "Standard Specifications for Public Works Construction".

However, the City of Mansfield "Standard Construction Details" contain many requirements that clarify or supersede the NCTCOG specifications. Additionally, for a detailed listing of materials testing policies, please see the "Material Testing Policy."


Engineering Documents