21 Mar

Back Cove West Storage Conduit 

 Unitil will be starting work on Dartmouth Street Monday 3/21/22.  Portland Water District will be installing a temporary water line on Dartmouth Street at the beginning of April.  Work on the storm drains and sewers will start at the end of April.  This will continue throughout the summer months and into September. 

Construction to replace the Baxter Boulevard Wastewater Force Main started on Monday, 3/14 and be complete by Saturday, 4/30. The project will replace approximately 900 feet of wastewater pipe that was originally installed in the late 1970s. Portland Water District has partnered with Sargent Corporation to complete the construction. The construction will include excavation within the Back Cove walking trail; foot traffic will be redirected around the work area in order to maintain pedestrian access during construction.  For more information on the Back Cove West Storage Conduit and an overview of the Project Timeline

If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact Nathaniel Smith, Project Engineer, at 207-874-8818 or

April 22-25: Veranda Plan Update and Traffic Alert

The Maine DOT will be closing I-295 over Veranda St. in Portland the fourth weekend in April to accommodate the replacement of an aging interstate bridge.

MaineDOT's Veranda Plan involves a full closure of the highway around Exit 9 from 7:00 PM on Friday, April 22 to 11:00 AM on Monday, April 25. Additionally, Route 1/Veranda St. (under the bridge) will be closed for a full week, starting at 2:00 PM on Monday, April 18 through 2:00 PM on Monday, April 25.

 Reminder to drivers: Veranda St/Route 1 in Portland was converted to two-way traffic in August 2021.

Spring Curbside Collection: April 25-May 6It’s that time of year again! The Annual spring curbside collection of leaf bags/yard waste will begin Monday, April 25 through Friday, May 6. The leaves must be in large, paper biodegradable leaf bags. Place the biodegradable leaf bags curbside on your normal trash day during the above dates and City crews will take care of the rest!

Playgrounds and Trees
Renovation will be occurring at Payson Park’s Toddler Playground. Work here will replace existing equipment with new facilities, upgrade the existing splash pad with new sprays and a resurfacing, and create an agility course feature for all ages. If funding permits, a new trail segment will be created for a short loop around the play area, some new plantings and rearrangement of boulders will occur, and an area for picnicking and gathering will be created for the playspace. The fencing is planned to be kept, with some improvements for better maintenance access.

For more information on this project, please visit the civil space websites. Input from the public was provided on the early planning phases, particularly the Friends of Payson Park and Susan Lavigne for Payson Park, Portland Parks and Rec staff.Click here to visit the PAYSON PLAYGROUND Civilspace site. 

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