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 Advisory: Utility Work Begins March 17 on Baxter Boulevard

    On Friday, March 17, the City’s contractor, D&C Construction, will begin the installation of a new storm drain into Back Cove, adjacent to the intersection of Baxter and Vannah Ave. The work within the Boulevard will continue through the end of next week. Read on...
  2. No Wednesday, March 15 Trash & Recycling Collection

    Due to the storm and high winds that are expected overnight, there will be no Wednesday trash & recycling collection. Wednesday routes will be collected the following week on March 22. Read on...
  3. Spring Cleaning Begins! GPS Technology to Provide Real Time Info on Sweepers

    Despite the fact that there’s still a chance for future snow storms, the City of Portland Public Works Department has been taking advantage of the warmer temps and lack of precipitation to begin spring cleanup operations. Read on...
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