DPW Press Releases


New Historic Markers Installed in City

October 12, 2018

Recently, the Public Works and Community Development Departments installed several new historic markers as part of an ongoing initiative to reproduce historic markers once scattered throughout the downtown and South End. The original markers were installed as part of a project sponsored by Strawbery Banke, the City of Portsmouth, and a civic group then known as the South End Association. At that time, the project (completed in 1977) resulted in the installation of approximately 40 markers covering a variety of topics from the City’s history. 


Pleasant Street Paving Occurring October 3rd and 4th

October 3, 2018

The Pleasant Street reconstruction project has scheduled paving operations occurring this week that includes:

  • Pleasant Street spanning Court Street to Marcy Street; 
  • Junkins Avenue spanning Pleasant Street to Parrott Avenue; and
  • Edward Street.

Upon completion of the paving, the contractor will be installing curbing and sidewalk throughout October and the beginning of November.


Public Meeting on October 2nd to review new connector road between Lang Road and Longmeadow Road

October 2, 2018

The intersection of US Route 1 (Lafayette Road) and Lang Road has been a safety concern for the City of Portsmouth, the Town of Rye and the State of New Hampshire for some time. Given that Lang Road is a City road and US Route 1 is a State road, both the City and NHDOT worked together on a Road Safety Audit of the intersection to analyze hazards and potential improvements. The Audit identified a preferred option of a connector roadway between Longmeadow Road and Lang Road in order to alleviate the Lang Road intersection safety issues.


Registration for Downtown Employee Parking Permit Program Begins Monday, October 1st

October 1, 2018

Registration for the 2018-2019 Downtown Employee Parking Permit Program is set to get underway Monday, October 1st. This permit allows employees who work in Portsmouth’s downtown area to park at the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. parking lot where 51 spaces will be available from Nov. 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019.  Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at the Parking Clerk’s office at 1 Junkins Ave. in Portsmouth City Hall.


Paving on Market Street and Woodbury Avenue starting Wednesday, September 26th

September 26, 2018

Beginning on Wednesday, September 26th,crews will be paving on Market Street spanning from where the Albacore Museum is located up to the Woodbury Avenue intersection. The commercial portion of Woodbury Avenue will also be paved from Market Street to the Newington Town line. This work, which will include significant traffic impacts, is expected to continue for the following eight nights (weather permitting).