The contractor is working at the Union at Middle intersection. Union Street is shut down to through traffic and there is no parking on Union Street during work hours. The Intersection of Middle and Union Streets continues to be closed in both directions.
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This project is part of the City's ongoing Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan in accordance with the EPA Supplemental Compliance Plan. The project includes water, sewer, drainage and streetscape modifications on Union Street from Middle Street to State Street. The project will also address side streets, including Coffins Court, Cabot Street and sections of Austin Street. Additional sewer funding will be used from the previous CIP sewer project (EF-17-SD-95 Union Street Reconstruction).
The Department of Public Works began the process of a sewer separation project in the Union Street area in the spring of 2022. As part of the City’s Wastewater Master Plan and Long Term Control Plan, separating wastewater from stormwater is an ongoing responsibility under the Consent Decree agreement between the City of Portsmouth and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES). The project involves the installation of three separate water mains: one for drinking water, one for wastewater and one for stormwater, along with reconstruction of the streets. The project will help reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs) when the single pipe is flooded with stormwater in heavy rain events.
Project Status: In final design. Bid in Jan 2023, awarded in Feb 2023. Public meetings were held in 2022 to inform Union Street property owners about the project.
City staff and the project design consultant CMA Engineers shared details on the project and solicited residents’ thoughts on project requirements and opportunities. The meetings included a review of the existing site conditions, contemplated improvements, the design schedule, and a question and answer period. Future public meetings will address the proposed design approach and overall construction timeline. Through February, the City and its subcontractors surveyed homes and buildings in the area to determine the location and elevation of sewer service pipes from each building. This review ensures that the new sewer main accommodates these outflows properly.