The Mosquito Control program begins April 8, 2018 in the City of Portsmouth. Crews from Dragon Mosquito Control will be checking swamps, salt marshes, woodland pools, ditches, catch basins and other shallow, stagnant water for mosquito larvae. When mosquitoes are found, the following larvicides may be used:
Portsmouth residents, employees and visitors will now be able to enjoy the use of ten Zagster bike share stations throughout the City thanks to the sponsorships offered by several local businesses.
Detailed inspection of the Kearsarge Way Bridge over the Pan Am railroad tracks are tentatively scheduled to continue on Friday, April 5th, depending on weather conditions. This inspection will be conducted using an under-bridge inspection vehicle, occupying the northbound lane of the bridge during the inspection and limiting vehicles to a single lane of alternating traffic across the bridge. Flaggers will be present at either end of the bridge to direct motorists.
The Maplewood Avenue reconstruction project is resuming for its second summer season beginning on Monday, April 8th. Crews will start with prep work on Monday and then the rest of the week (and moving forward, similar to last year) will close Maplewood Avenue to traffic from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Public Works and Sargent Corporation will be hosting a public meeting at the Department of Public Works (680 Peverly Hill Road) on Wednesday, April 3rd at 6 p.m. to discuss the next phase of the Maplewood Avenue reconstruction project.
After a public meeting at the end of 2018, followed by a February 2019 work session with the Conservation Commission, the City of Portsmouth is finalizing the conceptual design developed for the North Mill Pond Trail.
Construction of a new sidewalk along Spinney Road from the Sewell Road area to Middle Road is anticipated to begin in early April. The City has awarded this project to Advanced Excavation, whose work will include a new concrete sidewalk following the east side of Spinney Road. This work is anticipated to last several weeks, with traffic impacts due to equipment in the roadway.
The Pleasant Street Reconstruction Project, which began last summer, is resuming this week. Work will begin at the South Mill Pond tidal outlet on Marcy Street; this work will include the water main replacement under the culvert. Residents' water access will not be affected and they can anticipate this work to be completed by Friday, April 12th. Work between Court Street and State Street is expected to start towards the end of next week, or the week of April 15th.
Public Works crews recently installed a platform ideal for eagle or osprey nesting behind the Peirce Island Wastewater Treatment Facility. The platform, built by Steve Miller of Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, came to fruition thanks to a $1,500 grant from Northeast Utilities, now Eversource, obtained by the City’s Sustainability Department.