The City of Portsmouth, in cooperation with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, will be closing the exit ramp to Echo Avenue from the Spaulding Turnpike on Friday, July 20, 2018. The closure is planned to be in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for a six-month trial period. The closure is intended to reduce the volume of traffic using Echo Avenue as a “cut-through” from the Turnpike to Woodbury Avenue.
In 2016, the City of Portsmouth engaged in a pilot program to test the effectiveness of Passport Parking’s mobile parking payment application in the City’s Bridge Street and Worth parking lots. With mobile payment applications, users register to pay for parking, monitor their session and extend time remotely (up to the maximum allotted time) all through their smartphone. When properly functioning, the Passport Pilot program offered features and convenience that garnered positive feedback from the public.
The Portsmouth Community Development Department is now accepting applications for the FY 2019 Public Facility and Accessibility Improvements Grant Program. The funding for this program is provided by a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The City of Portsmouth has received two awards for exceptional financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the publication of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR). The GFOA is a professional organization of public officials united to enhance and promote the professional management of governmental financial resources by identifying, developing and advancing fiscal strategies, policies and practices for the public benefit.
Portsmouth residents interested in taking advantage of the City’s Zagster bike share program can now use the promotional code “ilivehere” to obtain a $10 annual membership, normally a price of $25.
PORTSMOUTH ANNUAL FIREWORKS CELEBRATION TUESDAY, JULY 3RD
The City of Portsmouth and Wilcox Industries will be sponsoring the annual fireworks display on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at the South Mill Pond across from the Portsmouth City Hall beginning at 9:15 p.m. sharp; the rain date is scheduled for Thursday, July 5th at the same time. This celebration is an alcohol-free, family event.
The Portsmouth Water Division has released their monthly Water Supply Status Report for July. According to the latest report, there are no water use restrictions at this time; however, due to the below normal precipitation pattern and high water demand, Portsmouth water customers are encouraged to:
The Mosquito Control program begins July 2, 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:
The Foundry Place Garage on Deer Street is scheduled to open in October 2018. In addition to lower hourly rates, the monthly pass holder rates at Foundry Place will be a reduced cost of $100 for City of Portsmouth residents, and $125 for non-residents.