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, issue permits for public parks and spaces, and the list goes on.
  1. City Begins Enforcing Abandoned Bicycle Policy This Week

    The City is starting enforcement of bicycles that are abandoned and locked on public property this week. The purpose of the new ordinance is to make space available on the City’s limited bicycle racks, remove obstructions to the public right of way... Read on...
  2. City Gears Up for Winter Season, Reminds Residents of Winter Operations

    The Department of Public Works is gearing up for the winter season, in which they care for more than 560 lane miles of road and more than 100 miles of sidewalks during and following snow storms. Read on...

    There will be no trash or recycling collection on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, 2015 so the Solid Waste crews can enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with their families. Read on...
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