Bartlett Street Reconstruction Project

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Update November 9, 2023 -- Go to revised plan.


The design alternatives for the intersection of Bartlett Street and Thornton Street have been reduced to two. The mini-roundabout option has been eliminated from consideration. The two remaining alternatives are the All-Way Stop controlled intersection and the raised intersection option. The project will be bid for construction with these two alternatives. 

The City of Portsmouth prioritizes convenient, safe and accessible streets and roadways for all transportation users. As traffic safety issues arise, the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program provides a mechanism for neighborhood groups to work with the City. It is intended to ensure that all neighborhood stakeholders are provided the opportunity to be involved.

Traffic-Calming Roundabout Pilot Project -- DPW installed a temporary mini-roundabout at the intersection of Bartlett Street and Thornton Street on April 20. This trial project was the traffic control alternative for the intersection preferred by the residents of the neighborhood that attended the Bartlett Street project meeting in December 2022. The plan was approved by the Parking & Traffic Safety Committee and City Council. Observations and feedback were used to inform a final design configuration for the intersection as part of the overall Bartlett Street reconstruction project.

An instructional video, resident concerns and responses, and traffic volume and speed data are available by clicking on the appropriate links on this page.

Project Description:

This project includes the reconstruction of Bartlett St, Thornton Street from Bartlett to Woodbury, the intersection of Woodbury and Bartlett St, and Morning Street. The replacement of sidewalks, pavement, and underground utilities including new storm drains, sanitary sewers and water mains are all a part of the project. 

The presentation to the Parking & Traffic Safety Committee on February 2, 2023 proposed a pilot program to test the feasibility of a mini-roundabout at the intersection of Bartlett and Thornton. 

The City is also planning traffic calming measures for the area of Pine St Park.

Project Manager:
Marc Batchelder, Project Manager

Project Status (As of 12/8/2023):  Project design is 95% complete. Utility design is being reviewed by NHDES for State approvals. The project is anticipated to go out to Bid early January with Bid opening in late January.

Estimated Project Start: Spring 2024

Estimated Project Completion: Early Summer 2025

Designer/Contractor: Marc Batcheler. P.E./In-house staff

Bartlett Street

Following the December 9, 2022 meeting, the City is moving forward with further discussion on this design option. 

Bartlett Street design option 3

For information on the Bartlett-Cate Street Intersection Project, visit this page.