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. Bedford Street Closed for Three Weeks as Part of Sewer Separation Project

    Beginning August 13, the City will be closing Bedford St as part of the Bedford St Sewer separation project for three weeks. The urgency for this closure is so the City can reopen Bedford Street to two-way thru traffic before USM begins its fall semester. Read on...
  2. Park Avenue Separated Bike Lane & Streetscape Project Gets Underway

    Over the next three weeks, the City of Portland’s Department of Public Works (DPW) will begin the installation of the Park Avenue Separated Bike Lane & Streetscape Project. Read on...
  3. Upcoming Sewer System Smoke Testing Along Warren Avenue

    During the week of August 6, Flow Assessment Services will be conducting a sewer investigation in and along Warren Avenue between Forest Avenue and the Maine Turnpike with a smoke-generating machine. Read on...
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