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 Seeks Expansion of Bike Corral Program - New One Installed on Washington Avenue

    The City is looking for help to expand its successful bike corral program. Current sponsors include Arabica Coffee and the Thirsty Pig. A new bike corral, installed by a city crew on July 14th, is sponsored by four businesses on Washington Avenue. Read on...
  2. City’s Successful Street Sweeping Program Collects 1,000+ Tons of Debris to Protect Casco Bay

    Cleaner streets = a cleaner bay. Portland's successful street sweeping program has collected a total of 1,108 tons of debris thus far in 2016 from across the city. This collection is critical to protecting Portland’s water quality from pollution. Read on...
  3. City Manager Announces New Public Works Director

    The City is pleased to announce that it has selected Christopher C. Branch, P.E., to serve as its next Public Works Director. The City Council is slated to vote on his appointment at its June 6 meeting. If he is approved, he will begin work on June 7. Read on...
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