Many of you have been wondering about the utilities work on Constitution Avenue.
I spoke with Brian Foster at Portsmouth Public Utilities at 393 8691, ext 2192.
The situation with the sewer pipes in this area has been longstanding. I am sure that you have seen the Department of Public Utilities vehicles “bubbling out” this area of the neighborhood. Now, the situation has become worse, causing the collapse of part of the street and necessitating the pumping machine to be on 24/7.
All of this is due to aging infrastructure and begs for a permanent solution.
The final bids to correct the total problem on Constitution Avenue were due in yesterday (April 8th). During the next few weeks, a contractor will be chosen. We will have notification before work begins and advanced notice of any time the water will be shut off. The project may take up to 4 months.
This will cause some disruption, but the ultimate result will be a long-term solution vs. the piecemeal repairs that last only a few years.
Your Civic League will continue to keep you informed as the start date comes closer. We will have direct contact to project managers and have a commitment from Mr. Foster that his department will keep in close contact with the neighborhood via the Civic League.
Bruce Bremer, President
Shea Terrace Civic League