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. Third Season of Sundays on the Boulevard to Start Sunday, May 1

    The third season of Sundays on the Boulevard will start this Sunday, May 1, 2016. Baxter Boulevard will be closed to cars on Sundays from May 1 through September 25, 9:00 AM – 4:00PM, from Vannah Avenue to Payson Park. Read on...
  2. Traffic Alerts: Upcoming MDOT Paving Projects on Commercial/Franklin & Spring/Middle/Temple Streets

    The Maine Department of Transportation is getting ready to perform two spring paving projects in the city of Portland on 1) Franklin and Commercial Streets and 2) Spring, Middle & Temple Streets. Read on...
  3. New Temporary Locations for Silver Bullet Recycling Containers

    The City’s Public Works department will be temporarily relocating the publicly accessible drop-off recycling containers currently located on Somerset Street to two new locations on Friday, January 15. Read on...
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