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The Transportation / Engineering Division is under the supervision of the Transportation / Engineering Manager.

Dave Smith P.E.
Transportation / Engineering Manager
100 McMorran Blvd.
Port Huron, MI 48060

Transportation Section

The Transportation Section is made up of four sections: Street Maintenance, Motor Vehicle Pool, Traffic and Bridges, and Refuse Collection.

The Streets Maintenance Section is responsible for many of the activities related to streets operations within the city. These include barricading, road closures, detour routes and other traffic control requirements for special events. Our employees perform crack sealing, asphalt repairs, snow and ice control, guard rail repairs, street sweeping, and pothole repairs.

The hot asphalt repair crew operates from May thru October. The sweeping program begins in May and continues through November each year. Each street is swept approximately once a month. 

Traffic control is a major issue for the Streets and Traffic Sections. Each year the Transportation Section provides the barricading and detour routes required by special event activities. City crews handle all of the parades and special events that require street closures. Crews are trained and certified in safe procedures for closing roadways, setting detours, and maintaining traffic.

The Motor Vehicle Pool is responsible for the purchase and maintenance of more than 225 pieces of equipment. The M.V.P. employs four (4) mechanics to maintain the fleet at operating levels. Approximately 70% of the maintenance staff is certified by the State of Michigan as Master Auto/Master Truck Technicians.

Our Traffic Section is responsible for maintaining pavement line markings, signage and 22 traffic signals. This section consists of a Master Electrician and an Equipment Operator.  Both maintain certifications in Traffic Control Device Installation and Maintenance.

The Bridge Section which is compromised of the traffics section Master Electrician and Motor Vehicle Pool Mechanics has the responsibility of maintaining two bascule draw bridges over the Black River.  A third draw bridge is owned and operated by the State of Michigan.

The bridge opening schedule is as follows:

Military and Seventh Street Bridges:

From May 1 through October 31:

On Monday through Saturday, except holidays, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the bridges need only open on the hour and half hour.

From 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. and on Sundays and holidays, the bridges will open on signal.

During the months of April and November:

From 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the bridges will open on signal.

From 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. the bridges will open on signal if at least three (3) hours notice is given.

From December 1 through March 31, the bridges will open on signal if at least twenty-four (24)  hours notice is given.

Tenth Street Bridge:

From May 1 through October 31 the bridge will open on signal twenty-four (24) hours a day.

During the months of April and November:

From 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the bridges will open on signal.

From 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. the bridges will open on signal if at least three (3) hours notice is given.

Sidewalk Repair

Sidewalk Repair Policy

Refuse Collection

The Refuse Section was privatized in 1996 to allow the pickup and disposal of trash, yard waste and recycling on a weekly basis at a cost savings to the city. A fall leaf pickup program is performed under the same contract. Each year approximately 8,000 cubic yards of leaves are removed and composted. Oversight of the private contract is the responsibility of the Streets Superintendent.

Beginning July 1, 2018, Emterra will begin their contract to pick up refuse for the City of Port Huron.

See the “Four Day Collection District Map” for more details.


The City’s contractor will remove properly packaged residential refuse and recycling materials from the curb on Monday thru Thursday of each week. Large bulky items and yard waste will be collected on the same day that refuse is collected. Refuse containers may not exceed 35 gallons and may not weigh more that 50#'s.


The following holidays are observed: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

Pickup normally scheduled on observance day of the holiday will be pushed back to the next regular work day with the remaining pickups that week also pushed back one day. As an example: a Monday holiday will result in normal Tuesday pick-up being pushed back to Wednesday of that week. 

Bulky Items:

Bulky items such as stoves, washers, refrigerators and furniture will now be collected on your regular collection day. Place the items at the curb with your refuse. Refrigerators need not have the freon removed, but are required to have all doors removed before setting on the boulevard for pickup, Emterra will provide the removal service.

Mattress and Box Springs must be wrapped in plastic and taped or they will not be picked up.

Emterra provides Recycling Collection Services to the residents of the City of Port Huron. The service is governed by a multi-year contract.

Recycling collection takes place every other week on the same day as the refuse collection.  The service provides for the recycling of paper, metal, plastic, and glass. Click here for details and map. 

Place recycling bin on boulevard with a three (3) foot separation from refuse and yard waste.

Recycling bins may be picked up from the 3rd floor of the MOC building.

Please refer to the complete rules and regulations for solid waste and/or rules and regulations for recycling for a detailed list of acceptable materials; or call the Department of Public Works at 810-984-9730 for more information.


Any material that is not collected will be tagged explaining why it was not picked up.

Pickup Times:

Place properly prepared trash, recyclables and compost material to the curb on your pick-up day before 7:00 a.m. You may place these materials to the curb as early as 4:00 p.m. on the day before your scheduled pick-up.

Emterra provides all solid waste services including refuse collection, yard waste and recycling services.  Large brush & branch removal is provided by the Parks & Forestry Division.  You may call them at 810-984-9709.

If you have any questions about what materials are collected, set-out procedures or any other concerns, please contact Emterra at 877-609-6753. If afterwards you need additional assistance, call the City's Department of Public Works at 810-984-9730.

Yard Waste Pickup

Beginning the first full week of April, on your regular trash pickup day, the City of Port Huron, through it's contractor, will again begin picking up residential yard waste material for delivery to a compost site.

Regular Pickup Day:

Place yard waste at the curb before 7:00 a.m. on your regular collection day, a few feet from your regular garbage.

Materials Collected:
Yard waste materials that will be picked up include leaves, grass and garden debris. Also included is shrubbery, brush and tree trimmings less than four (4) feet in length and two (2) inches in diameter.


Yard waste will be accepted when placed at the curb in the following manner:

  1. Any combination of up to 15, 35-gallon containers or bundles as listed below:
    1. Carts, cans or baskets clearly marked with a large "X" at least one (1) foot high on the Side of the container by using masking tape, duct tape or paint, or
    2. Large brown paper compost bags may be used for yard waste and do not need special markings. These bags can be purchased at large retail stores, lawn and garden supply stores and hardware stores, or
    3. Shrubbery, brush or branches: Must be bundled in lengths of no more than four (4) feet.
  2. Containers and bundles cannot exceed fifty (50) lbs. in weight.

Yard waste will not be accepted in plastic bags, grocery bags, cardboard boxes or other unapproved containers.

Yard waste pickup will end for the season on your regular trash pickup date, the last week of November. Please mark your calendar now as a reminder.

The regular fall leaf pickup program will begin in late-October through December per a schedule you will receive in the mail. Click here for a copy of the brochure. Any questions regarding acceptable materials or set out procedures may be directed to Emterra offices at 877-609-6753 or for further assistance, the City's Department of Public Works at 810-984-9730 or cphdpw@porthuron.org.

Engineering Section

The Engineering Section administrates and controls all public works construction projects. This includes surveying for design and construction needs, preparation of engineering plans for design of project, preparation of specifications and contract documents. The public work contracts, when they are awarded to contractors, are then administrated by the Engineering Section, which may include construction inspection and coordination of any necessary technical consultants required for the work.

Responsibilities also include keeping records of the public facilities and the information related to the sewer system, water system and street network. Other areas of responsibility include overseeing the street lighting system, the majority of which is owned by the Detroit Edison Company.

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