City prepares for winter weather

By Nikki Blankenship -

Portsmouth commuters can take comfort in knowing that the City is prepared for winter weather and has focused on improving street conditions while also ensuring winter supplies are up to the task.

During the City Manager’s Report early last week, City Manager Derek Allen explained that several infrastructure projects are concluding. This includes projects to correct drainage issues such as the cleanup of debris along Munn’s Runn.

“The contractor’s working to remove the brush and trees from Munns Run Creek has been ongoing,” Allen stated. “They have been delayed in completing the project due to the rain we have had during the recent couple of weeks. Strand continues to work on the analysis of the Sheridan Road, Orchard Drive drainage issue.”

Allen says the City will not be caught unready for wintery road conditions.

“The trucks have been prepared. The plows and salt spreaders are ready in case there’s a snow event,” Allen stated.

The 2017 resurfacing program has been completed and seams have been sealed. Additional road improvements are expected throughout the City including improvements to roadways in Sciotoville. Allen announced that road improvements for Pershing Ave. have already been bid, and those bids are being reviewed. There will be a public meeting in mid-December regarding that project. That meeting is not yet scheduled; however, it will be held at East High School and will include a project timeline to let the people who live on Pershing or travel Pershing know what to expect.

Adding to the focus on safe travels, 25 mile per hour speed limit signs have been posted along Coles Blvd. There will be additional signage to come.

The Street Department also conducted a city-wide fall sweep of each alley throughout the city, like the sweep conducted in the spring. They collected 80 tons of debris.

Portsmouth City Council will meet again at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11 in Council Chambers of the second floor of the Municipal Building on Second Street in Portsmouth.

By Nikki Blankenship

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.