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. Metro Route 1 Service Change Due to Construction Project

    Effective Wednesday January 19, 2022, there will be a Metro Route 1 Service Change Read on...
  2. Construction Update on Back Cove West Storage Conduit

    The Water Resources Department of Portland Public Works is working with the Sargent Corporation as this large construction project continues in regards to sewer separation which will prevent overflows into Back Cove. Read on...
  3. Fore Street Closed -Between Hancock to St. Lawrence Street- Open to Local Traffic Only, for 5 Weeks

    For five weeks, beginning on Monday, November 29, 2021, the City’s contractor, Gorham Sand and Gravel will be permitted to close Fore Street (open to local traffic only) from Hancock Street to St. Lawrence Street. Read on...
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Check out this video of a behind-the-scenes look of what happens here at Portland Public Works during a snow storm.  Film is created by Roger McCord.