DPW Press Releases


Residents advised to be vigilant during mosquito season

August 21, 2019

Mosquitoes carrying equine encephalitis (EEE) have been found in Department of Health and Human Services test samples from Pelham and Manchester and a Kingston man has contracted two viruses transmitted by ticks and mosquitoes in recent weeks. Residents are advised to take precautions to reduce their exposure.


Schools Open August 26th -- Drivers Urged to Use Caution at School Crossings

August 16, 2019

Portsmouth, N.H.— With a new school year starting Monday, August 26th, City Officials are reminding motorists to be alert and to watch for crossing guards at key locations around the city. Crossing guards with vests and signs assist students and their guardians who are walking and biking to school on busy City streets.  Drivers are urged to use caution near school neighborhoods, plan routes away from heavy school traffic if travel is time-sensitive, and to obey posted school speed limits and crossing guard signals.


Public Meeting: Aug 8: Next phase of Maplewood Ave. Project including Cutts St., Central Ave. and Leslie Dr. neighborhoods

July 26, 2019

The Department of Public Works with Greenman Pedersen, and Sargent Corporation is hosting a public meeting at the Department of Public Works on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 6 p.m. to discuss construction of the next phase of the Maplewood Avenue and Adjacent Areas Project.  This phase includes Central Avenue, Cutts Street, Beechwood Street, Ashland Street, and Leslie Drive. The project includes, utility work, drainage improvements, and roadway reconstruction and paving.    


State Sets PFAS Water Quality Standards

July 19, 2019

State of New Hampshire Approves New Standards for Four PFAS Compounds

The City of Portsmouth is currently in compliance with current and proposed drinking water standards for Perflourinated compounds (PFAS).


Islington Street Overnight Water Main Work begins Monday

June 28, 2019

On Monday, July 1st, overnight work on the water system will occur from approximately 4:30 PM to 7:00 AM Tuesday morning on Islington Street.  Two crews will be working near the intersections of Jewell Court and Frenchman's Lane.  Excavation of the water main at these locations will begin at approximately 6:00 PM in preparation to sh


City Announces Installation of Flexible Bollards for Middle Street Bike Lanes

June 28, 2019

City DPW crews will be installing bollards for the Middle Street bike lanes the week of July 1. The bollards are a critical safety feature of the bike lane design, as they serve to keep vehicles out of the bike lanes and to provide protection to bicyclists. In response to concerns expressed regarding the previous bollards, only about half the number of bollards will be installed this year, and will only be placed in critical locations where it is necessary to ensure safety of bicyclists and to guide traffic around parked vehicles.


City Offices closed in observance of Independence Day

June 27, 2019

July 4th - July 5th

In observance of Independence Day, Portsmouth City Hall, the Library, Department of Public Works, Senior Activity Center and Connie Bean Center will be closed on Thursday, July 4th.  The Library will close early, at 5 p.m., on July 3rd.  On Friday, July 5th, City Hall will remain closed.