A water main break has occurred on Route 1 near the location of Mr. Mac’s restaurant. Public Works crews have shut off the water main while they address this issue; this affects buildings along Route 1 heading in the direction of Rye, as well as surrounding side streets with the exception of Ocean Road. Crews anticipate the water to be turned back on around noon to 1 p.m. this afternoon. Crews will be shutting the water main off again overnight from midnight to 4 a.m. to permanently fix this break.
Pavement crack sealing operations begin in Portsmouth on Wednesday, April 17th. The following roads and neighborhoods have been selected for treatment, and will be completed as time and budget allows:
The Walk Friendly Communities program (WFC) has awarded Portsmouth with its Silver Level Walk Friendly accreditation due to the City’s work in prioritizing pedestrians and creating safer, comfortable and inviting places to walk. Other communities recognized this year by WFC include San Francisco, California, who received Platinum Level, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Lakeland, Florida, who received Bronze Level.
The City will also be celebrating Arbor Day on Friday, April 26th, from 7:30 a.m. to noon at Community Campus.
The Water Division will start their twice annual routine hydrant flushing of the City’s 190 miles of water mains to remove sediment buildup on Monday, April 15th. This work will occur on both public and private hydrants spanning New Castle, Rye, Greenland, Newington and Portsmouth, lasting about six to eight weeks. Between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., Monday through Thursday, crews will open select fire hydrants, releasing water with enough velocity to carry sediment out of the pipes.
The Portsmouth Middle School Quest 8 students invite the public to attend an event at their school on Wednesday, April 17th to view their progress on their sustainable projects that aim to develop models related to making our City more sustainable by the year 2030. Please view the details below.
Last September, the City implemented new bike lanes on the Middle Street/Lafayette Road corridor to create a safer, on-road bike route along Route 1 between the High School and Downtown. This new design included buffered bike lanes, defined parking spaces and bollards (also known as flex posts) along the marked bike lane.
The City of Portsmouth’s Sustainability Department recently welcomed a University of New Hampshire (UNH) student to join staff as part of a fellowship program in partnership with the University’s Sustainability Institute.
The Portsmouth Water Division has resumed their monthly water supply status report this spring with its April 2019 report. This report also includes a review of 2018 activity and recent trends.