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Portions of Bridge Street Closing on Monday, December 4th

December 4, 2017

Beginning on Monday, December 4th, portions of Bridge Street will be closed until January 4, 2018 in order to complete sewer and utility work associated with the construction of the Foundry Place parking garage. This area spans Hill Street and Deer Street, with closures on the intersection of Deer and Bridge Streets, and the end of Hill Street heading into Bridge Street. Access to all local businesses in this area will be maintained during this time.


Holiday Parade 2017 Information (Street Closures & No Parking Information )

December 2, 2017

Street Closures and No Parking in the Greater Downtown Area for the Portsmouth Holiday Parade Saturday, December 2nd, 2017


Effective from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 the Chief of Police will be invoking his emergency powers, prohibiting parking and vehicular travel on certain streets in the City due to the Annual Portsmouth Holiday Parade.


Bike corrals and Zagster bike stations removed for the winter months

November 30, 2017

After a successful first season, Portsmouth’s bike-share program, operated by Zagster, Inc., has closed up shop for the winter months. As with the City’s bicycle corrals (on-street bike parking) on Daniel Street and Market Street, the City is “hibernating” the bikes and stations during the winter months to avoid conflicts with snow clearing operations. This will also enable all of the bikes to receive maintenance.


Outbound traffic on Bartlett Street closed starting November 30th

November 30, 2017

Beginning on Thursday, November 30th, a detour will be in place redirecting outbound traffic on Bartlett Street. Unitil will be working on Bartlett Street gas lines at the railroad bridge near Islington Street. Due to the constrained roadway configuration and proximity to Islington Street, Bartlett Street will be closed to traffic from Islington Street during working hours for about a week. During evenings and weekends, the roadway will be fully open. Traffic on Bartlett Street heading to Islington Street will not be detoured during this work.


Public Meeting to review Echo Avenue neighborhood traffic on November 30th

November 30, 2017

Portsmouth Public Works will hold a public meeting on Thursday, November 30th at 6:30 p.m. in the New Franklin School cafeteria to present findings from traffic data collection on Echo Avenue, Farm Lane, Woodbury Avenue and Rockingham Avenue. City staff will also be seeking feedback from residents on possible options to address cut-through traffic and pedestrian safety on Echo Avenue.

Please contact Eric Eby, Parking and Transportation Engineer, at (603) 766-1415 or ebeby@cityofportsmouth.com with any questions. 


City Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

November 22, 2017

City Hall will be closed Wednesday, November 22 at 1 p.m. and the Library will also closing at 5 p.m. on the same day (Wednesday).

The City Hall, Department of Public Works, Library and Senior Activity Center will be all closed on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th in recognition of Thanksgiving.

The Spinnaker Point Recreation Center and Indoor Pool will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd.

Trash and recycling collection scheduled on Thursday will be collected on Wednesday (November 22) instead.


Portsmouth Public Works utilizes interns for improved data and project planning

November 2, 2017

The City of Portsmouth’s Department of Public Works employed the services of two University of New Hampshire students who interned in their Geographic Information System (GIS) department this year. Working under the guidance of the City’s GIS Coordinator, Jamie McCarty, Taylor Patterson and Jacob Kostandin used global positioning equipment, cameras and own observations to inspect the City’s water infrastructure and compile data for other City initiatives.