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. Traffic Alert: Washington Avenue Paving Project Involves Lane Closures & Detours on July 27 and 28

    UPDATE: This work was postponed Thursday morning due to wet weather. It will resume Fri, July 28 and Mon, July 31. Glidden had previously scheduled work on July 27th and 28th to pave Washington Avenue between Ocean Avenue and Presumpscot Street. Read on...
  2. We're On a Roll! New Recycling Carts to Arrive in August

    Portland, say hello to your new recycling cart! Your home will soon be receiving a shiny new cart thanks to an important relationship between the City of Portland and The Recycling Partnership. Carts will be delivered beginning the week of August 7. Read on...
  3. Traffic Alert: Washington Avenue Paving Project Involves Lane Closures on July 24 and 25

    Glidden Excavating and Paving, Inc. has scheduled work on Monday, July 24 and Tuesday, July 25, 2017 to mill Washington Avenue between Ocean Avenue and Presumpscot Street. Work hours are scheduled to be 7 AM to 7 PM on Monday and 5 AM to 7 PM on Tuesday. Read on...
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