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Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee Hosts Forum on Portsmouth Sister City Relationships on April 30th

April 30, 2018

The City of Portsmouth, a member of Sister Cities International, has enjoyed formal Sister City agreements based on the interest and international connections of Portsmouth residents since as early as 1985. The cities include Nichinan, Japan; Parnu, Estonia; East Antrim/Carrickfergus, Ireland; Agadir, Morocco; Severodvinsk, Russia and Kitase, Ghana; as well as Friendship City agreements with Portsmouth, England and Szolnok, Hungary.


Water Shut Down on Islington Street Thursday, April 26th

April 26, 2018

On Thursday, April 26th, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., the Portsmouth Water Department will be shutting off the water main on Islington Street spanning the Route 1 Bypass to Essex Avenue, as well as Barberry Lane and Foch Avenue. The purpose of this shut down is to allow a crew from Lyman Construction to replace and relocate the hydrant at 1200 Islington Street.


Portsmouth Celebrates Earth Day and Arbor Day

April 22, 2018

*April 24, 2018 Update: The entire supply of compost bins are now gone.

As we approach Earth Day this Sunday, April 22nd, the City of Portsmouth continues to work to make food waste composting easier for residents.


Railroad Crossing Replacement on Barberry Lane Starting April 16th

April 16, 2018

Finishing the reconstruction of the railroad crossing on Green Street this week (reopening intermittently Monday, April 16th), the New Hampshire Department of Transportation’s contractor, Northeast Earth Mechanics, Inc., will begin reconstructing the railroad crossing on Barberry Lane this Monday, April 16th. The roadway at the track crossing will be closed during the construction activity, detour routes will be established.


Bridge Street area reconstruction concluding this week

April 16, 2018

Portions of Bridge Street, spanning Hill Street and Deer Street as well as the intersection of Deer and Bridge Streets, have been closed since December in order to complete sewer and utility work associated with the construction of the Foundry Place parking garage.


Weekend work to continue periodically at Peirce Island Wastewater Treatment Facility

April 13, 2018

The City plans to continue to authorize Saturday and/or Sunday construction work to take place on the Peirce Island Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade.  This is a continuation of weekend work that was authorized throughout the winter depending on the weather. The scheduling of weekend construction work will be determined weekly based on work sequencing, the weather and public events.


Public Meeting on Elwyn Park Neighborhood Paving & Sidewalks Tuesday, April 10th

April 10, 2018

Paving throughout the Elwyn Park neighborhood will begin this month. A public meeting to review paving and sidewalk plans for this area will be held at the Department of Public Works on Tuesday, April 10th at 6:30 p.m.

Minor impacts are expected during this work which will take about a month to complete. For full details on the scope of this project (shown below), please visit the Pavement Maintenance projects on our construction map.


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.