DPW Press Releases


Chestnut Street Project to Resume April 9th

April 9, 2018

Construction activity at the Chestnut Street block, which includes The Music Hall, will resume on Monday, April 9th. Currently, preparation work such as roof drain downspout connections, subsurface brick work on the sewer manholes and some brick work restoration is taking place.

Heavier construction for this project will include the installation of the new streetscape components including seat walls, site lighting, installation of granite banding at crosswalks, and decorative pavement.


Railroad Crossing Replacement on Green Street starting April 2nd

April 2, 2018

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation’s contractor, Northeast Earth Mechanics, Inc., will be reconstructing the railroad crossing on Green Street beginning on April 2nd. The roadway at the track crossing will be closed during the construction activity, detour routes will be established.


Water Shut Down on Green Street Wednesday, March 28th

March 28, 2018

On Wednesday evening, March 28th, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., the Portsmouth Water Department will be shutting off the water main on Green Street. The purpose of this shut down is to allow crews to install a new valve, and cut and cap the main on both sides of the railroad tracks for the NH DOT replacement of the tracks at the road crossing.

When the water mains are turned back on, those within that area may experience some air or discoloration. Please run your COLD water for a few minutes and it should clear; there is no danger associated with this color. 


Downtown Snow Load Out Occurring Tonight, March 15th

March 15, 2018

Beginning at 7:30 p.m. this evening, March 15th, Public Works crews will be conducting a downtown snow load out in order to clear streets and improve safety. These operations will continue throughout the night into early Friday morning. Therefore, all vehicles must be removed off downtown City streets prior to the times displayed per area on the map below. This map indicates the planned routes crews will be addressing in phases throughout the evening. 


State to host public meeting on Wednesday, March 14th to discuss railroad crossing replacements on Barberry Lane and Green Street

March 14, 2018

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation’s contractor, Northeast Earth Mechanics, Inc. of Pittsfield, NH will soon be reconstructing the railroad crossings on both Barberry Lane and Green Street. The project is tentatively scheduled to start around April 2nd and will be ongoing through the end of May, with a final contract completion date of August 17, 2018.