DPW Press Releases


Stark Street Bridge reopening October 26th; Woodbury Avenue Bridge closure to follow

October 26, 2018

The Stark Street Bridge, having been closed since January this year, is currently scheduled to be reopened by the Department of Transportation (DOT) on Friday, October 26th, weather permitting. Following the reopening of this bridge, the DOT will be closing the Woodbury Avenue Bridge that travels over the Route 1 bypass. This plan for Woodbury Avenue is also weather permitting, with the closing and demolition of the bridge (during which the bypass will be closed) currently scheduled for November 10th. 


Portion of Woodbury Avenue open to local traffic only October 24th to 26th

October 24, 2018

As part of the Maplewood Avenue reconstruction project, there will be associated sewer work which will require closing Woodbury Avenue from its intersection with Market Street to its intersection with the Route 1 Bypass. This closure is anticipated to begin Wednesday, October 24th and last through Friday, October 26th. The detour route will utilize Market Street, the Albacore Connector, and the Route 1 Bypass (shown below).


Registration for Downtown Employee Parking Permit Program Underway

October 18, 2018

*Update:As of October 18, 2018, there are 28 spaces left.

Registration for the 2018-2019 Downtown Employee Parking Permit Program is set to get underway Monday, October 1st. This permit allows employees who work in Portsmouth’s downtown area to park at the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. parking lot where 51 spaces will be available from Nov. 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019.  Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at the Parking Clerk’s office at 1 Junkins Ave. in Portsmouth City Hall.


Islington Street to be paved on October 17th

October 17, 2018

On Wednesday, October 17th, paving will occur on Islington Street spanning Dover Street to Maplewood Avenue from roughly 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. This work follows last week’s milling operations and will conclude paving in this area. There will be extensive, alternating lanes of work during this time; detours will be in place and drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes.


New Historic Markers Installed in City

October 12, 2018

Recently, the Public Works and Community Development Departments installed several new historic markers as part of an ongoing initiative to reproduce historic markers once scattered throughout the downtown and South End. The original markers were installed as part of a project sponsored by Strawbery Banke, the City of Portsmouth, and a civic group then known as the South End Association. At that time, the project (completed in 1977) resulted in the installation of approximately 40 markers covering a variety of topics from the City’s history.