City News Round Up for Friday, May 28

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City News Round Up for Friday, May 28

Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The City Council meets next on Monday, June 7 at 5:00 PM for a regular meeting. 


NEW COVID SAFETY MEASURES:  Masks must still be worn when visiting City Hall, even for those individuals who have been vaccinated. City staff that interact with the public will also be required to wear masks, even if they are vaccinated. City Hall and City buildings will still only be open to the public for limited services. 

Any questions? Please call 207-874-8300 or email


Check out our Stay the Course website for the latest news. We encourage you to get vaccinated! All residents ages 12+ are eligible. 


Memorial Day, Monday, May 31

City Hall will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. Instead of a full Memorial Day Parade, the American Legion will be doing a one man march, similar to last year, in which the person will march down Congress Street at 10:30 AM and then lay two wreaths at City Hall. 


Public Bathrooms Map

We know there’s been a need for more public bathrooms in the city, and for the public to know where they are. Please see this new map which details those that are available. 


Back Cove West Storage Conduit Project

Wondering what that security fencing around the Back Cove Trail is? It's for the Back Cove West Storage Conduit project. You can learn more here. The fencing is expected to be up for 15-18 months, but there is still access to the Back Cove Trail. We know there's a lot of construction happening in this area right now, but these sewer separation projects are critical infrastructure projects to stop sewer overflows from going into Back Cove and Casco Bay. These projects help the City comply with federal EPA requirements, improve and protect the water quality in Back Cove and Casco Bay, and will improve roadway conditions by rebuilding the roads. Thanks for your patience!


Residential Parking Permits Now Available Online

Starting June 1, residents can use the Passport parking system to conveniently apply for residential parking permits from an online portal. The portal is a secure, user-friendly method to apply and pay for permits, eliminating the need for trips to City Hall. Permit holders can receive automated email notifications including receipts, expiration and renewal reminders and can easily update or add vehicles from their device. To set up a digital permit, residents can follow the simple instructions at


City Issues RFP for Bike Share System

We're looking for companies interested in providing design, marketing, operation, and maintenance of a bike share system in Portland. We anticipate the first year of the program being a provisional pilot period with possible extensions subsequent to agreement by both parties. The expectation is that the selected provider would initiate a pilot no later than June 2022.

The system’s configuration may be dockless, station-based or a combination/hybrid system. Proposed fleets during the pilot period may consist of both non-electric and electric-assist bicycles. Electric-assist bikes are strongly encouraged. No electric-only bikes are permitted as part of the program. No e-scooter share programs are allowed as part of the pilot period. Bike share bicycles should be available on-demand, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through a range of membership options. 

The RFP is now available. Proposals are due by Wednesday, June 16 at 3:00 PM. 


Learn More About the Upcoming Veranda Street Bridge Replacement 

The MaineDOT is hosting an online engagement site to educate the public about the upcoming construction activities to replace the Veranda Street Bridge in Portland. The bridge is located on Interstate 295 and goes over Veranda Street. The site consists of videos and other materials that describe the construction activities and timings, especially those associated with the weekend closure of Interstate 295 and the weeklong closure of Veranda Street this October. Once you enter the site, you can make comments and ask questions regarding the project. You can also state whether you want a response to your comment and click on a map to show a specific location attributed to your comment.The site is located on the MaineDOT Virtual Public Involvement Site and will be available for comments right up through the completion of the significant construction activities. Click the link in the headline to participate. 


ReCode Portland Update:  How Complete Are Our Neighborhoods?

The next installment of ‘Exploring Portland’s Plan’ is now available! This six part series focuses on different aspects of the land use code through the lens of Portland’s Plan. Click the link in the headline to learn more.


Housing & Community Development 5 Year Plan - Survey Closes May 31!

We are now in Phase II of community outreach for our 5-year Housing & Community Development plan. The City released a survey in 2020 for general feedback on the needs, goals, and priorities of the city. A citizen taskforce took that data and created recommendations for our next 5-year plan. Now, a new survey is asking for feedback on those recommendations. Please help the City staff by letting us know what type of projects are important to you. The survey closes May 31, and will take about 3 minutes to complete. Thanks for your help! 

Absentee Voting Now Underway for June 8 Special Municipal Election

Voters wishing to vote absentee in the June 8 Special Municipal Election for the Charter Commissioners and School Budget Referendum can now request their absentee ballot or vote early in-person absentee by visiting Merrill Auditorium. We also have a new online request form. The last day to request an absentee ballot is June 4. The Clerk’s Office will stay open late on Thursday, June 3 only, until 7:00 PM. For more information, click the headline.  

Senior Tax Equity Program Applications Now Available

The Portland Senior Tax Equity Program (PSTEP) is a local program that provides tax relief to low-income seniors in Portland by providing property tax or rent rebates for qualified applicants. The deadline to apply for the 2021 tax year is June 30. Find out more about the program, including the application, by clicking the link above. 

Construction Project Updates & Traffic Alerts

Traffic Alert: I-295 Exit 7 Ramp Closure Update

All Exit 7 on and off ramps will be open around 1:15 PM on Friday, May 28. 

Deering's Corner Roundabout Update and Traffic Advisory

Update:  As the Deering's Corner Roundabout project moves toward its final phases, the Contractor is well underway with work to set curb and concrete for the central island. This work has reached a stage where a temporary signal is being placed to provide for alternating flow at night and on weekends. In addition, due to the protection measures in place for this work, large and oversized vehicles should seek alternative routes when possible while truck aprons are being constructed. The north side of Deering Avenue and both sides of Falmouth Street will remain closed to this intersection. This condition is anticipated to be in place for the next two weeks.

Traffic Alert: Somerset Street Restoration Project Construction

Update: This project has been pushed to now start on June 7. DPW, in coordination with the MaineDOT, will begin construction of the Somerset Street Restoration Project. The project is expected to reach substantial completion within a four-month period, weather permitting. Please seek an alternate route. For more information please click the link in the headline. 

I-295 Repaving Work

Upcoming ramp closures for I-295 Southbound are as follows. All closures will be 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM. Both ramps will never be closed at the same time.  

  • Tuesday 6/1
    • Close Exit 5B On
  • Wednesday – 6/2
    • Close Exit 5B On/Off
    • Close Exit 5A On/Off after opening 5B, will not be closed at the same time.
    • Close Exit 7 On/Off
    • Close Exit 6B On after opening 7, will not be closed at the same time.
    • Close Exit 6A Off
  • Thursday – 6/3
    • Close Exit 1 Off
    • Close exit 5B On

We’re Hiring! 

We currently have multiple openings at the Jetport, Barron Center, Public Works, and Parks & Recreation. We’re also looking for a Director of Housing & Economic Development as well as a Deputy Director for Public Works. For more information, visit

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