Streets & Highways
The Public Works Shop functions include supply and materials
management; operation of pathological incinerator; coordination of vehicle
services; repair of light equipment and small tools; and coordination of
after hour on-call services.
Personnel will remove a deceased animal from any
City right of way in timely and respectful
manner 24 hours a day. The Shop maintains a
pathological incinerator daily. If you have an
animal that has passed please place it in
plastic bag and put in on the curb (right of
To report a deceased animal to be picked up,
please call 393-8666 weekdays from 7:00 AM to
4:00 PM and our dispatcher will be glad to
assist you. After 4:00 PM weekdays and on
weekends, please contact 911 and the Police
dispatcher will contact our on-call personnel.
Shop crews respond to calls on any City street
to repair and replace any damaged City owned
Snow removal plays an important role in the
winter duties for the Shop. In September of
every year, the Shops starts readying the City
snow equipment to be in good working condition
for our unpredictable weather in Portsmouth.
Shop crews coordinate the Public Works snow
detail and provide annual updates to the City of
Portsmouth Snow Manual.
At the first sign of news that snow and ice are
on the way, Public Works employees are ready to
spread salt and sand and plow roads. Crews work
in 12 hour shifts. Bridges and overpasses are
addressed first. Next, crews proceed to the main
arteries of the City. As the weather clears,
crews move onto the secondary streets.
Each truck has a snow route map to follow, and
each area has a supervisor that examines the
area for heavy buildups of snow and ice. The
supervisor will dispatch a truck to such an area
when encountered. The Police Department provides
additional assistance in reporting these areas.
In severe weather, unless there is an emergency
please stay off the roads and show our driver
courtesy. Residents should understand that snow
removal is a public safety initiative. It is not
intended to provide convenient road conditions
for everyone to travel everywhere within the
City of Portsmouth.
At the first report of severe weather, the
Public Works Shop prepares to fill sandbags
before and after the event. After these events
subside, Shops crews assist the City’s cleanup
efforts by helping to remove fallen trees on
City property and streets.
Did You Know?
It is illegal to place
basketball goals on City streets and in the
right of way.
Public Works provides on-call
personnel for emergencies 24 hours a day.
On-call personnel are contacted through Police
Dispatch. In FY 05-06, Public Works provided
over 185 hours of after hours, emergency on-call
By City Code, it is the
responsibility of property owners and occupants
to clear sidewalks of snow adjacent to their
property. Property owners should not clear snow
from parking lots and driveways onto City
The City of Portsmouth does
not routinely plow residential streets. Public
Works does not take individual requests for snow
In the 2006 calendar year,
Public Works responded to over 1900 calls for
deceased animal pick up.