Fleet Street Reconstruction Project

The City of Portsmouth is preparing preliminary engineering and field work for the Fleet Street Reconstruction Project.  This project will include replacement of the underground utilities and reconstruction of the roadway and sidewalks on Fleet Street.  The City has hired Portsmouth-based engineering consultant, Underwood Engineers, to complete this work.

Building owners in the study area of the Fleet Street Reconstruction Project are now being contacted by the Department of Public Works consultant, Flow Assessment Services, LLC to schedule appointments for utility surveys of their buildings. Flow Assessment Services is a sub-consultant to the City’s primary project engineering consultant, Underwood Engineers, Inc.

Building utility surveys are important for project planning and design for the following reasons:

  • To identify the number and types of service pipes entering/exiting the building
  • To map the direction of the plumbing discharge flow
  • To maximize the benefit of planned project roadway/drainage/utility improvements to private properties

To perform the utility surveys field work, a team of two Flow Assessment Services personnel needs access to basements and/or crawl spaces for approximately 15 minutes.  Access to rooftops may be requested, to locate and inventory roof drains and sewer vents. The survey team does not require entry into private residences except under unexpected circumstances, and only with permission. All survey personnel will be wearing City of Portsmouth badges, masks and gloves, in accordance with State/Local/CDC COVID-19 guidelines.

While the project is focused on Fleet Street from Hanover Street to Court Street, a larger area will be studied in the initial phases of engineering so that the utilities and other improvements can be properly designed.  A map of the study area is shown below:

Fleet Street Area Utility Study Map

Fleet Street Project Area (not to scale)

For this map to scale, click here.

Public Outreach

The City is maintaining a robust contact list for this project to stay in contact with those in the project area for future project communications.

To receive updates on this project, please click here to add your contact information, including which properties in the Fleet Street area affect you. There are spaces for multiple property addresses, as needed.