Public Works

Duties of the Department


The Department of Public Works helps keep the City of Portland moving each day with many areas of responsibility. We collect your garbage and recycling, clear your streets of ice and snow in the winter, help maintain the city's sewer system, build your sidewalks, manage the city's traffic lights and street signage, and the list goes on.
  1. Fore Street Closed to Local Traffic Only from Hancock to St. Lawrence Streets as Part of Storm Water

    Fore Street Closed to Local Traffic Only from Hancock to St. Lawrence Streets as Part of Storm Water Construction Project Read on...
  2. **TRAFFIC ALERT** Baxter Boulevard Continual Traffic Impacts

    The current Baxter Boulevard Closure from Dartmouth Street to Preble Street, as well as Dartmouth Street at Ricker Park, will remain closed for at least 2 additional weeks due tidal impacts, as well as weather disruptions to the progress of work. Read on...
  3. Traffic Alert: New Traffic Pattern - Somerset and Kennebec Streets

    Beginning, Thursday, November 18th, there will be a new traffic pattern on Somerset and Kennebec Street. Kennebec Street has been realigned between Hanover Street and Preble Street, now intersecting with Somerset Street. Read on...
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Check out this video of a behind-the-scenes look of what happens here at Portland Public Works during a snow storm.  Film is created by Roger McCord.