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CITYWIDE PROJECTS

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CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS 2016



Project #1 Lincoln Area Sewer Separation Contract 3C


Project Description
This project is part of the City's on-going Combined Sewer Overflow-Long Term Control Plan. The project includes water, sewer, drainage and streetscape modifications on Park Street from Middle Street to Orchard Street; Wibird Street from Middle Street to South Street; Union Street from Middle Street to South Street; Richards Avenue from Lincoln Avenue to South Street; South Street from Wibird to Union Street; Chauncey Street; Hawthorne Street; portions of Willard and Marston St to separate sewer lines. This project is required as part of an EPA Administrative Order and is part of The City's comprehensive efforts to correct problem areas.

Status
Project is under construction. For updates on this project, please visit http://www.portsmouthwastewater.com/projects.html.

Details
Project Manager: Terry Desmarais 766-1421
Start Date: Ongoing
Estimated Time of Completion: Spring 2016
Estimated Cost: $5 Million
Funding Source: Sewer and Water System Revenues
Contractor: Albanese Brothers, Inc., Dracut, MA

 

Project #2 Haven School Playground (Bid #29-16)


Project Description
The Haven School Playground is located at the corner of South St and South School Street. The goal of this project is to improve park aesthetics, safety and functionality. This relatively small park had a number of design challenges, most notably several large trees that had outgrown their elevated timber planting boxes.

Status
Site demolition has been completed by Public Works. Leahy Landscaping, Inc. has begun reconstruction work that is anticipated to be complete by the end of the school year.

For more information, please visit http://cityofportsmouth.com/community/havenschoolplayground.htm.

Details
Project Manager: Ryan Flynn
Estimated Start Date: April 2016
Estimated Time of Completion: June 17, 2016
Estimated Cost: $168,000
Funding Source: Capital
Contractor: Leahy Landscaping, Inc.

 

Project #3 Brewster St Drainage Outfall (McDonough St Area, Phase 3A)(Original Bid #23-15, New Bid #69-15)


Project Description
This project involves placing drainage pipes under the railroad yard at the end of Brewster St. to alleviate long standing drainage issues.

Status
SUR is currently constructing the project out in the railyard. Project 3B relating to the neighborhood upgrades is being designed currently and will be going out to bid this spring for summer construction.

Details
Project Manager: Dave Desfosses 766-1411
Estimated Start Date: Late Fall 2015
Estimated Date of Completion: June 15, 2016
Estimated Cost: $1,069,000
Funding Source: Local Bonding / Water / Sewer
Contractor: SUR Construction, Rochester, NH

 

Project #4 McDonough St Area Reconstruction, Phase 3B (Brewster, Langdon & McDonough Streets)


Project Description
This project involves replacing all of the existing utility infrastructure (water, sewer & drain) on Brewster, Langdon and McDonough from Cornwall to Brewster.  The utility work is expected to last about three months.  After the utility work is complete, the contractor will restore the roadway with the first layer of pavement, granite curbs and concrete sidewalks.  Final paving and striping will occur in the spring of 2017.

The plan set can be viewed here.

Status
Project 3B is going out to bid in April and will be under construction this summer and fall. 

Details
Project Manager: Dave Desfosses 766-1411
Estimated Start Date: Summer 2016
Estimated Date of Completion: May 2017
Estimated Cost: $1,250,000
Funding Source: Local Bonding / Water / Sewer
Contractor: TBD

 

Project #5 Market Street Gateway Project, Phase 1(Bid # TBD)


Project Description
This multiphase project seeks to spruce up Market Street from Kearsarge Way to Russell St to give the road a sense of place as the major entry for visitors to the City. The project will redesign Market St to be bicycle and pedestrian friendly by seeking to lower speeds, provide new multiuse paths, parks and public spaces and adds landscaping and lighting. Construction of the first phase which is from Kearsarge Way to the Albacore Submarine Museum is tentatively scheduled for fall of 2015.

Status
This project is nearing design completion and will be bid this spring for construction in summer and fall of 2016.

Details
Project Manager: Dave Desfosses 766-1411
Start Date: Summer 2016
Estimated Time of Completion: Fall 2016
Estimated Cost: $850,000
Funding Source: City Capital Improvement Funds
Designer: RSG

 

Project #6 High-Hanover Restoration Project (Bid# TBD)


Project Description
Street and sidewalk restoration and improvement work for those areas where Eversource has relocated overhead electrical and telecommunications utilities to underground locations. These areas include:

  • High Street - from Deer Street to Hanover Street
  • Hanover Street - from High Street through the Market Street intersection
  • The alleyway between Hanover Street and Ladd Street along the side of the parking garage

Status
Project design is underway. Bidding to take place in March/April

Details
Project Manager: Ryan Flynn 766-1413
Estimated Start Date: April 4, 2016
Estimated Time of Completion: 60 days
Funding Source: City Capital Improvement Funds/Outside Utility Companies
Design: In House
Contractor: TBD

 

Project #7 High-Hanover Garage Interim Repairs (Bid# 21-16)


Project Description
This project includes various types of repairs the concrete floors and ceilings, masonry walls, façade, guardrail, and expansion joints.

Status
Project is underway.

Details
Project Manager: Ryan Flynn 766-1413
Estimated Start Date: March 7, 2016
Estimated Date of Completion: May 27, 2016
Estimated Cost: $150,000
Funding Source: City Capital Improvement
Contractor: Krisha Construction, North Attleboro, MA

 

Project #8 Myrtle Ave Bus Turnaround


Project Description
This project will construct a turnaround for school buses at end of Myrtle Ave / New Franklin School.  This will increase traffic safety by separating school bus traffic from regular vehicle traffic which will continue to enter on Franklin Ave and exit on Stark Street.

Status
The design is scheduled for spring completion.

Details
Project Manager: Ryan Flynn 766-1413
Estimated Start Date: Spring 2016
Estimated Completion: Summer 2016
Estimated Cost: $100,000
Funding Source: School Department
Designer: In House
Contractor: TBD

 

Project #9 Wayfinding Signs Phase 2 (RFP #67-15)


Project Description
This project continues implementation of the City's Wayfinding Plan, adopted in 2014, that identified appropriate wayfinding types, messaging and locations in a uniform and recognizable design menu that is unique to the City. This phase will include fabrication and installation of approximately 60 vehicular directional signs located within and around the downtown area as well as along the primary road corridors into downtown including Islington Street, Middle Street and Sagamore Avenue. 

Status
For more information, please visit www.planportsmouth.com/wayfinding.html.

Details
Project Manager: Juliet Walker 710-7296
Estimated Start Date: Fall 2015
Estimated Time of Completion: Spring 2016
Estimated Cost: $421,555
Funding Source: Capital Improvement Funds
Contractor: Architectural Graphics, Inc.

 

Project #10 Bridge Street Utility Replacement


Project Description
This project involves replacing the utilities in Bridge Street from Islington Street to Hanover Street this year. This is a collaborative project between the Portsmouth DPW, Unitil and the developer of the 40 Bridge Street project.

The plan can be viewed here.

Status
The City will be replacing the water main first with work expected to start in early May and last a few weeks.  After that, the Gas Company (Unitil) will be replacing the gas main in the street.  Finally, the contractor for the 40 Bridge St project will be replacing the sewer lines and grinding up and repaving the street.  Work will be sporadic throughout the summer as different parties finish their work.

 

Details
Project Manager: Dave Desfosses 766-1411
Estimated Start Date: May 2016
Estimated Date of Completion: October 2016
Funding Source: Water / Unitil / Private
Contractors: Various

 

DESIGN PROJECTS 2016

 

Project #1 - City Hall Programmatic Needs

Project Description
This project is in two phases. Phase one, which included a study to determine spatial needs of the City departments working in the Municipal Complex, is complete. Phase two, a development plan to increase efficiencies in serving the public, is underway.

Status
Preliminary design and cost estimates will be developed this spring.

For more information, please reference the following:

 

Details
Project Manager: Dan Hartrey 610 - 7299
Estimated Start Date: Winter 2015
Estimated Time of Completion: TBD
Estimated Cost: $50,000
Funding Source: TBD
Contractor: TBD

 

Project #2 Maplewood Avenue Reconstruction Design (RFP #42-15)


Project Description
This project will include design of a comprehensive full road reconstruction of Maplewood Avenue from Woodbury Avenue to the Maplewood Avenue Bridge over the Route 1 bypass. Also included in this design are the Cutts, Central and Leslie Drive areas and the Fairview Drive Area. The streetscape design on Maplewood will consider provisions for "complete streets." The utility component will include replacement of water within the limits of the project and review the need for sewer and drain utilities improvements.

Status
Greenman Pedersen, Inc. has been selected as the engineering design consultant. This project design is currently underway. For more information, please visit http://cityofportsmouth.com/projects/maplewoodave.htm.

Details
Project Managers: Terry Desmarais 766-1421 / Ray Pezzullo 766-1755
Estimated Start Date: Fall 2015
Estimated Time of Completion: Summer 2016
Estimated Cost: $300,000
Funding Source: Capital Funds and Sewer and Water System Revenues
Designer: Greenman Pedersen, Inc.

 

Project #3 Islington Street Area Preliminary Design (RFP #14-15)


Project Description
This project will include preliminary design of a comprehensive full road reconstruction of Islington Street from Maplewood Avenue to Albany Street. The streetscape design will consider provisions for "complete streets" and will be based on the previously completed Islington Street Corridor Study completed by Richardson Associates. The utility component will include replacement of water, sewer, gas, telephone, electric and drain utilities under the roadway.

Status
The design scope and fee is currently being negotiated with the preferred consultant. Further details on this project can be found here: http://cityofportsmouth.com/projects/IslingtonStreetCorridorDesignProject.htm.

Details
Project Managers: Terry Desmarais 766-1421 / Eric Eby 766-1415 / Nancy Carmer 610-7220
Estimated Start Date: Winter 2015
Estimated Time of Completion: Winter 2016
Estimated Cost: $250,000
Funding Source: Capital Funds and Sewer and Water System Revenues
Designer: VHB

 

Project #4 Peverly Hill Road Sidewalk (RFP #47-14)


Project Description
Lack of adequate drainage, narrow road cross section & right of way width have long been significant challenges to reconstruction of this busy roadway. The City has pursued a State/Federal grant to help fund improvements that will link the Middle Road / Portsmouth Plains area to the Route 1 corridor. The State funding for the project comes from the Federal Congestion Management and Air Quality program. The funding requires that the project be separated into distinct phases of Engineering/Conceptual Design, Preliminary Design, Final Design and Construction. State and Federal review and approval of each phase of the project is required before the City can receive additional funding to proceed on to the next phase of the project.

Status
In April 2016, the City received authorization from the State for Federal funding of the initial engineering and conceptual design of the project. The City has negotiated a contract with McFarland Johnson to start the engineering and design of sidewalks, bike lanes and drainage improvements.

Details
Project Manager: Eric Eby 766-1415
Estimated Start Date: Engineering and Design: Spring 2016; Construction: Summer 2017
Estimated Time to Completion: Summer 2018
Estimated Cost: Engineering and Design: $365,000; Construction $1.5M
Funding Source: Capital/Federal/State Funded Construction
Designer: McFarland Johnson

 

Project #5 Andrew Jarvis Drive / Lafayette Road Intersection Improvement (RFP #TBD)


Project Description
This project seeks to widen and signalize this intersection to provide better access to and from Portsmouth High School.

Status
The project is currently being designed. It is anticipated that construction of drainage improvements will take place during the summer months in 2016, with the remainder of the intersection widening and signalization to occur in 2017.

Details
Project Manager: Eric Eby 766-1415
Estimated Start Date: Design: Ongoing; Construction: Summer 2016
Estimated Time of Completion: Fall 2017
Funding Source: City Capital Improvement Funds
Design/Contractor: Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.

 

Project #6 Woodbury Avenue Signal Coordination (RFP #45-14)


Project Description
The City was able to acquire a State administered Federal Grant for the coordination of the signals on the commercial portion of Woodbury Avenue. The coordination will help the traffic flow better by allowing the signals to communicate and streamline the flow. In addition, new walk lights, emergency preemption, and traffic controller upgrades will all be accomplished.

Status
The design is currently underway.

Details
Project Manager: Dave Desfosses 766-1411
Estimated Start Date: Spring 2016
Estimated Time to Completion: 1 year
Estimated Cost: $156,000
Funding Source: Federal/Private/Local
Designer: TEC

 

Project #7 Municipal Seawall Design (RFP #TBD)


Project Description
This project is part of a multi-year effort to repair and replace the existing City-owned seawalls. The last seawalls in the plan to be reconstructed are located at Peirce Island under the bridge, on Livermore St, at City Hall, at Four Tree Island and at Prescott Park.

Status
This project will go out for RFP this winter.

Details
Project Manager: Ryan Flynn 766-1413
Estimated Start Date: Late Spring 2016
Estimated Time of Completion: 180 days
Estimated Cost: $100,000
Funding Source: Capital Funds
Designer: TBD

 

Project #8 Banfield Road Corridor Master Plan & Culvert Designs (RFP #17-16)


Project Description
This project includes a Corridor Master Plan for the entirety of Banfield Road, and the design of three replacement culverts near the intersection of Banfield Road and Heritage Drive. The culverts are safety concerns for both vehicles and pedestrians that the City would like to reconstruct in the fall 2016/spring 2017 timeframe. The Master Plan will allow these culverts to be replaced with the future design and reconstruction of Banfield Road in mind.

Status
The design is currently underway.

Details
Project Manager: Ryan Flynn 766-1413
Estimated Start Date: January 4, 2016
Estimated Time to Completion: 6 months
Estimated Cost: $80,000
Funding Source: Capital Funds
Designer: TEC

 

Project #9 Middle St Bike Lane Project (RFP #63-14)


Project Description
This project will include design and construction of dedicated bike lanes and related improvements along Middle Street / Lafayette Rd (Route 1) from State Street to Andrew Jarvis Drive.

Status
For more information, please visit http://planportsmouth.com/middle-lafayette-bike-ped.html.

Details
Project Manager: Juliet Walker 710-7296
Estimated Start Date: Spring 2015
Estimated Time of Completion of Design: Spring 2016
Estimated Construction: Spring 2017
Estimated Cost: $88,000
Funding Source: City Capital Improvement Funds / State Funding
Contractor: Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.

 

PAVEMENT MAINTENANCE PROJECTS 2016

Coming soon!

 

 

 

FACILITIES PROJECTS 2016

Project #1 Resurfacing of South Mill Pond Recreation Courts


Project Description
Consisting of two basketball courts and six tennis courts, the South Mill Pond area has serviced the public for fifty years. With minor updates throughout this time, Public Works recognized the need for an in-depth assessment to make proper upgrades that will allow for safer and more enjoyable use.

Status
The Tennis Courts reconstruction will be rebid for September 2016 start.

Details
Project Manager: Dan Hartrey 610 - 7299
Estimated Start Date: September 2016
Estimated Time of Completion: Summer of 2017
Estimated Cost: $700,000
Funding Source: TBD
Contractor: TBD

 

Project #2 Lighting Upgrades for Leary Field and High School Athletic Fields (Bid #30-16)


Project Description
Lighting will be replaced at the Leary Field and High School athletic fields.

Status
Lighting bids are due on February 25, 2016.

Details
Project Manager: Dan Hartrey 610 - 7299
Estimated Start Date: Fall 2015
Estimated Time of Completion: Spring 2016
Estimated Cost: $1,500,000
Funding Source: Revenues, Capital
Contractor: TBD

 

Project #3 Prescott Park Stage Replacement


Project Description
Replace the existing stage at Prescott Park.

Status
This project is being evaluated and awaiting approvals from the City.

Details
Project Manager: Dan Hartrey 610 - 7299
Estimated Start Date: Spring of 2017
Estimated Time of Completion: Summer 2017
Estimated Cost: TBD
Funding Source: Revenues, Capital
Contractor: TBD

 

Project #4 Mount Vernon St Retaining Wall


Project Description
Replace the retaining wall at the rear of the municipal complex adjacent to Mt. Vernon Street.

Status
Bid documents are being developed for spring 2016 start.

Details
Project Manager: Dan Hartrey 610 - 7299
Estimated Start Date: Spring 2016
Estimated Time of Completion: Summer 2016
Estimated Cost: $75,000
Funding Source: TBD
Contractor: TBD

 

Project #5 Wendell Tomb Conservation


Project Description
Conservation of the 1818 Wendell tomb in the Pleasant St. Cemetery.

Status
Bid documents are being developed for summer 2016 start.

Details
Project Manager: Dan Hartrey 610 - 7299
Estimated Start Date: Summer 2016
Estimated Time of Completion: Summer 2016
Estimated Cost: $50,000
Funding Source: TBD
Contractor: TBD

 

Project #6 City Hall Programmatic Needs


Project Description
This project is in two phases. Phase one, which included a study to determine spatial needs of the City departments working in the Municipal Complex, is complete. Phase two, a development plan to increase efficiencies in serving the public, is underway.

Status
Preliminary design and cost estimates will be developed this spring.

Details
Project Manager: Dan Hartrey 610 - 7299
Estimated Start Date: Winter 2015
Estimated Time of Completion: TBD
Estimated Cost: $50,000
Funding Source: TBD
Contractor: TBD

 

Project #7 Middle School Foundation Reinforcement


Project Description
Structural reinforcement of the Middle School foundation.

Status
Bid documents are being developed for summer 2016 start.

Details
Project Manager: Dan Hartrey 610 - 7299
Estimated Start Date: Summer 2016
Estimated Time of Completion: Summer 2016
Estimated Cost: TBD
Funding Source: TBD
Contractor: TBD

 

Project #8 Central Fire Station Apron


Project Description
Replace the existing apron (front drive in entrance) to the Central Fire Station with a structural slab.

Status
Bid documents are being developed for summer 2016 start.

Details
Project Manager: Dan Hartrey 610 - 7299
Estimated Start Date: Summer 2016
Estimated Time of Completion: Summer 2016
Estimated Cost: TBD
Funding Source: TBD
Contractor: TBD

 

STATE PROJECTS 2016



Project #1: Sara Long Bridge Replacement (Maine DOT)


The Sara Long Bridge replacement project is underway and is expected to last until spring of 2018. The old existing bridge will need to close for 10 months prior to the new bridge opening in the fall of 2017. For more information, please visit http://maine.gov/mdot/sml/

 

Project #2: Route 1 Bypass bridge replacement over Hodgson Brook (NH State Project 27690 Portsmouth)


The state will be replacing the existing bridge over the Hodgson Brook, in the vicinity of the Borthwick Avenue intersection. The existing bridge was constructed in 1940 and rehabilitated in 1966. The bridge is comprised of five concrete boxes, with a total length of 45 feet and a width of 72 feet curb to curb. An analysis of design alternatives is underway.

 

 


 
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