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. Portland One of Two Cities in Maine Selected for Partnership to Increase Resiliency

    The City is one of two in Maine selected for a unique federal, state, and city partnership to increase resiliency and reduce flood risk for property owners. High Water Mark signs will be placed across the city to increase awareness of flood risk. Read on...
  2. Road Closures for Marginal Way Area on May 11

    On Saturday, May 11, from 6 AM to 12 PM, the intersection of Preble Street Ext and Marginal Way will be closed. Preble Street Ext between Marginal Way and Somerset Street will be closed May 11 from 12 PM until 5 PM. Read on...
  3. Bedford Street Sewer Project to Resume - Forest Avenue Road Work Begins April 29

    Beginning Monday, April 29, 2019, the City and Portland Water District's Bedford Street Sewer Separation project will resume utility work on Forest Avenue between Bedford Street and Deerfield Road. Read on...
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