Portage Streets and Sanitation

Portage Streets and Sanitation This page is a place where you can find up to date information on services and policies for the street and sanitation department in Portage, Indiana
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Operating as usual

10/07/2020

We be painting at the following intersections today:

Irving and Central Avenue
Willowcreek and Central Avenue

Central will be down to one lane each direction and the turn lanes may be temporary closed until the paint is dry. Please avoid this area if possible. If you must travel this route please expect long delays, watch for workers, and reduce speed. Thank you for your patience.

Leaf Season is almost here.  The following is our City Policy regarding leaf pickup.  Thank you in advance for your coop...
10/06/2020

Leaf Season is almost here. The following is our City Policy regarding leaf pickup. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

10/06/2020

We be painting at the following intersections today:

Vivian and Central Avenue,
Irving and Central Avenue
Willowcreek and Central Avenue

Central will be down to one lane each direction and the turn lanes may be temporary closed until the paint is dry. Please avoid this area if possible. If you must travel this route please expect long delays, watch for workers, and reduce speed. Thank you for your patience.

Our sanitation department continues to audit routes for compliance of the recycling policy.  This is a very laborious pr...
09/25/2020

Our sanitation department continues to audit routes for compliance of the recycling policy. This is a very laborious process of inspecting and documenting violations. In most cases, as policy violations are found and documented, we usually give reminders/warnings to the resident and corrections are made. In extreme situations with multiple non-compliant items found within the container, the department confiscates the Green Lid container.

The City of Portage does NOT receive funds/monies from collected materiel. The recycling program is “FREE” and not mandatory to participate. Our recycling efforts help offset the costs of trash at the landfill and has been a benefit to the tax payers of Portage since 2013.

The ENTIRE recycling industry has become very stringent with the material that we are collecting. When non-recyclables (TRASH) are found among the recyclables during inspections, the load is “REJECTED” and all material goes to the landfill.

Changes take place beyond our control and adjustments must be made to accommodate compliance with the recycling industry.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in these important policy changes.

https://resource-recycling.com/recycling/news/topics/coronavirus/

09/17/2020

Lenburg Road westbound from 149 to McCool Road will be closed today due to a guardrail installation. Eastbound will be open. If you must travel eastbound please use extreme caution and drive slowly as we will be working at the curve and may be hard to see until last minute. Please use alternative routes if possible.

Update from CSX on the railroad closings at Hamstrom Road and Portage Avenue.  You will need to use alternate routes suc...
09/16/2020

Update from CSX on the railroad closings at Hamstrom Road and Portage Avenue. You will need to use alternate routes such as Samuelson, McCool or Crisman to Portage Ave if you desire to visit the Portage Street Department. Remember your "YARD" pass.

09/16/2020

Lenburg Road westbound from 149 to McCool Road will be closed today due to a guardrail installation. Please use alternative routes.

09/15/2020

Our crews will be painting berm/fog lines on the following streets; Countyline from 6 to Central, Central from Countyline to Willowcreek, Mulberry from Willowcreek to Willowdale, and Willowdale from Central to Redwood. Please be aware of wet paint, employees, and heavy traffic in these areas.

City auction is scheduled at 9am, Saturday, September 12 at the Street Department.  Keep in mind that the railroad cross...
09/08/2020

City auction is scheduled at 9am, Saturday, September 12 at the Street Department. Keep in mind that the railroad crossing on Hamstrom just south of the main access road to the department is closed for upgrades. Attendees of the auction will need to use alternate routes such as Samuelson, McCool or Crisman to Portage Ave. All attendees will need to be advised to practice social distancing and face masks/coverings are required during the auction.

UPDATE: ROAD IS OPEN AS OF 8:02pmPlease avoid Samuelson and FiField between Old Porter and Portage Ave.
09/06/2020

UPDATE: ROAD IS OPEN AS OF 8:02pm

Please avoid Samuelson and FiField between Old Porter and Portage Ave.

Happy Labor Day Everyone!  Thank you to all the Hard Working Individuals who drive the American workforce during these t...
09/04/2020
Labor Day 2020

Happy Labor Day Everyone! Thank you to all the Hard Working Individuals who drive the American workforce during these trying times. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable time this weekend.

As a reminder, the Street and Sanitation Department will be Closed Monday, September 7, 2020. All Trash routes will be delayed by one day during this week.

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/labor-day-1

Labor Day 2020 will occur on Monday, September 7. Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally

09/04/2020

Our crews will be painting lines today on McCool Road from Central Avenue to Portage Avenue. Please avoid this area if possible as there will be long delays. If you must travel this area please use caution and be prepared for heavy congestion and long delays.

REVISED ... Re: Road ClosureRoad(s) to be affected: Hamstrom Road & Portage AvenueLocation: CSX Railroad Crossing at Ham...
09/03/2020

REVISED ... Re: Road Closure

Road(s) to be affected: Hamstrom Road & Portage Avenue

Location: CSX Railroad Crossing at Hamstrom Road and CSX Crossing at Portage Avenue

Date(s) and Time: Beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020 through Saturday, September 12, 2020 (weather permitting) Hamstrom Road and Portage Avenue will be closed to through traffic. Please use alternate routes. Detours will be marked.

Reason: Railroad Repair

09/03/2020

Our crews will be painting in the following areas:

*Central from Hamstrom to Willowcreek
*Swanson from Central to Clem
*Clem from Swanson to Dombey
*Evergreen from Swanson to Dombey
*Marquette from Dombey to Countyline

We will have flaggers to help alleviate congestion. Please drive slow and use caution if you must travel in these areas.

09/02/2020

Our crews will be painting lines on Central Avenue between Countyline Road and Hamstrom Road. Flaggers will be in the area to help ease congestion. Please use caution if you have to travel this area.

09/02/2020

Our crews will be painting lines on Countyline between Route 6 and Central Avenue. Flaggers will be in the area to help ease congestion. Please use caution if you have to travel this area.

08/22/2020
Portage Indiana Government Page

Portage Indiana Government Page

Mayor Sue Lynch provides an update on COVID-19 Testing, the Garyton School project, the Labor Day Festival and many other topics.

Nipsco
08/12/2020

Nipsco

Currently 31,000 customers remain without power as a result of yesterday's severe weather. Updated information on restoration times by community will be provided as it becomes available. We recommend customers make the plans necessary to keep themselves and their families safe during this time frame. An additional 300 line workers are en route to the area to assist, and will be added to the restoration efforts tomorrow morning. Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding as we work to make the necessary repairs.

08/11/2020

Tree/Limb/Brush Pickup Due to the August 10 Storm

The Street Department uses specialized equipment to retrieve brush and limbs. This equipment at times is very hard to maneuver around some streets due to parked vehicles, radius turns and narrow passages of the layout of some roads. Be careful in selecting a location for limb and brush pickup, this will greatly reduce any possibility for an incident of residential, personal or city property damage.

 The area between the curb and sidewalk (easement area) is the best place for limbs.

 Do not place limbs under low hanging service electrical lines or tree limbs.

 Do not place limbs near objects such as electrical boxes, hydrants, mailboxes, poles, vehicles, etc.

 Parked vehicles in front of your limb pile will always prohibited service pick up.

 Please cut down your limbs maximum length of eight feet and placed neatly at the easement area.

 Limbs and brush cannot be combined with any man made material or garbage.

 This severe storm event has increased limb/tree volumes and your route may see delays in pickup services, please be patient in these situations.

We will be routing ZONE 01 (Monday Trash Route) for limb pickup. Four grapple trucks and a Misc crew will be working this area. once this ZONE is complete, we will continue to ZONE 02.

Thank you for your advance cooperation.

Storm updatesOutage Update at 6 a.m. CT, August 11, 2020 (Next Update at 10 a.m. CT)Yesterday evening, northern Indiana ...
08/11/2020
Storm Center - NIPSCO

Storm updates
Outage Update at 6 a.m. CT, August 11, 2020 (Next Update at 10 a.m. CT)
Yesterday evening, northern Indiana was affected by a line of severe thunderstorms and intensely high winds that earlier raced across the Midwest, leading to significant, widespread damage across NIPSCO's service territory. At peak, 95,300 NIPSCO customers were without power, now down to approximately 51,000 as crews worked throughout the night to assess and repair damages. Most impacted communities include Cedar Lake, Crown Point, Gary, Hammond, Hebron, Nappanee, Portage and Valparaiso.

Due to the extent of the damage sustained from broken poles, downed power lines and trees, an estimate on when power will be restored by community is not able to be determined at this time. However, nearly 2,000 individual repairs remain to be completed, and NIPSCO does anticipate the potential for a multi-day outage for some customers.

All available crews are working 24/7 to assess damage, make the necessary repairs and restore power as quickly and safely as possible, and additional resources are being secured to provide assistance.

We are continuing to work to resolve technology issues with our text and online reporting tools, and thank you for your patience. For any gas or electric emergencies, please call 911.

We understand that any service outage is an inconvenience and thank you for your understanding during our restoration efforts.

Safety First – Stay Away from Downed Power Lines

Most important to your safety is to avoid downed power lines, damaged poles or other hazardous situations. Every downed wire should be treated as though it is a live wire.

Restoration Process

Following an assessment of the damage, NIPSCO’s restoration process begins with repairing large transmission and distribution lines that supply electricity to large numbers of customers in large geographic areas – including critical customers such as hospitals and emergency response. Repairs to other lines that serve smaller groups of customers can’t be made until the larger lines feeding electricity to those areas are repaired.

When crews work on damaged trees during storms, they focus on repairs that are critical to our facilities and to restoring power and do not clean up or remove branches and debris that may be left behind. Contact your local municipal officials for more information on storm debris disposal.

https://www.nipsco.com/outages/power-outages/storm-center

Find information about large power outages following storms or other incidents.

***UPDATE ***Road closure alert for Portage.... check for updatesCounty line Road just north of Stone Avenue ... OPENBl...
08/10/2020

***UPDATE ***Road closure alert for Portage.... check for updates

County line Road just north of Stone Avenue ... OPEN

Blake south of Central .....OPEN

Please avoid these areas and use alternate routes

Photo: looking North on Countyline Road from Stone Ave.

Region Weather
08/10/2020

Region Weather

DAMAGING WINDS LIKELY:

If you missed our Facebook Live, no problem, here's a recap. A large cluster of powerful storms continues to head east and is now beginning that southeast curve we talked about. This line of storms has produced 90-112 mph winds across Iowa and has knocked out power to over 400,000 people. Damaging winds continue on the front end of this complex of storms and will move through NWI after 3pm--likely towards the 330-5pm timeframe. Prepare for damaging winds and very heavy rain with these as they move in!

NWS Alert:Please see below for an alert from the National Weather Service Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued August 10 at ...
08/10/2020
National Weather Service

NWS Alert:

Please see below for an alert from the National Weather Service Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued August 10 at 11:28AM CDT until August 10 at 7:00PM CDT by NWS Chicago IL
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH
426 IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT /8 PM EDT/ THIS EVENING FOR THE
FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ILLINOIS THIS WATCH INCLUDES 18 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS

LIVINGSTON

IN EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS

FORD IROQUOIS

IN NORTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS

BOONE DE KALB LA SALLE
LEE OGLE WINNEBAGO

IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS

COOK DUPAGE GRUNDY
KANE KANKAKEE KENDALL
LAKE IL MCHENRY WILL

IN INDIANA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 5 COUNTIES

IN NORTHWEST INDIANA

BENTON JASPER LAKE IN
NEWTON PORTER

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF ALGONQUIN, AURORA, BELVIDERE,
BOLINGBROOK, BOURBONNAIS, BUFFALO GROVE, BYRON, CAROL STREAM,
CHESTERTON, CHICAGO, COAL CITY, CRYSTAL LAKE, DEKALB, DEMOTTE,
DIXON, DOWNERS GROVE, DWIGHT, ELGIN, EVANSTON, FAIRBURY, FOWLER,
GARY, GIBSON CITY, GILMAN, GURNEE, HAMMOND, JOLIET, KANKAKEE,
KENTLAND, LA SALLE, LEMONT, LOMBARD, MARSEILLES, MCHENRY,
MENDOTA, MERRILLVILLE, MINOOKA, MOROCCO, MORRIS, MUNDELEIN,
NAPERVILLE, OAK LAWN, OREGON, ORLAND PARK, OSWEGO, OTTAWA,
OXFORD, PARK FOREST, PAXTON, PLANO, PONTIAC, PORTAGE, RENSSELAER,
ROCHELLE, ROCKFORD, ROSELAWN, SCHAUMBURG, STREATOR, SYCAMORE,
VALPARAISO, WATSEKA, WAUKEGAN, WHEATON, WILMINGTON, WOODSTOCK,
AND YORKVILLE.
http://www.weather.gov

Strong to severe thunderstorms with damaging winds, large hail, heavy rain, and a few tornadoes are expected across the Upper Mississippi Valley, which includes the Twin Cities metro area. Meanwhile, heat advisories are in effect across the central and southern Plains, including the Kansas City metr...

08/07/2020

Our crews will be paint striping Airport Road between Central Avenue and US 6. Please avoid this area if possible. If you must use this road, use extreme caution. PLEASE slow down and watch for crew members. We appreciate your patience as we accomplish this task.

07/30/2020

Our crews will be paint striping Hamstrom Road today. Please avoid this area if possible. If you must use this road, use extreme caution. PLEASE slow down and watch for crew members. We appreciate your patience as we accomplish this task.

07/28/2020
Portage Indiana Government Page

Portage Indiana Government Page

Mayor Sue Lynch provides an update on COVID-19, Governor Holcomb's mask order, Garyton School renovations, the reintroduction of Portage Police officers into PTS as school resource officers, ongoing road projects, and the City's Labor Day Festival at Founder's Square.

07/24/2020

Our crews will be paint striping on the Willowcreek bypass today. Please avoid this area if possible. If you must use this road, use extreme caution. PLEASE slow down and watch for crew members. We appreciate your patience as we accomplish this task.

Recycling benefits the TAX payers of Portage because it is FREE.  The recycling tonnage we collect offsets the cost in T...
07/21/2020

Recycling benefits the TAX payers of Portage because it is FREE. The recycling tonnage we collect offsets the cost in Trash expenses. Attached is a basic list of recyclables. Please observed this policy.

07/21/2020

Good morning. Our painting crews will be out striping the roads again today. This may cause delays in some areas. Please use caution and obey all signs and flaggers. We thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Just a reminder, recycling is so simple.  If the item is not listed as a recyclable, that item is considered TRASH goes ...
07/15/2020

Just a reminder, recycling is so simple. If the item is not listed as a recyclable, that item is considered TRASH goes into the Black Lid Container.

07/15/2020

Good morning, our crews are busy striping the lines today on Central from Airport to McCool, Hamstrom from Portage Avenue to Central, and Portage Avenue from Willowcreek to McCool. Also Lenburg Road from US 149 to McCool will be down to one lane for painting. We appreciate your patience as this may cause some delays. Our flaggers will be directing traffic to help ease flow as they work. Please use caution when driving in these areas.

07/14/2020

Good afternoon, our crews are busy striping the lines on Central Avenue between Mccool and Airport. We appreciate your patience as this may cause some delays. Our flaggers will be directing traffic in those areas as they work. Please use caution.

We have had many calls regarding hazardous waste collection. These are the following dates and locations for 2020.
07/09/2020

We have had many calls regarding hazardous waste collection. These are the following dates and locations for 2020.

Address

2303 Hamstrom
Portage, IN
46368

Opening Hours

Monday 07:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 15:00
Thursday 07:00 - 15:00
Friday 07:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(219) 762-4564

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Who do I contact about trash not being picked up today?
Good Morning - we were wondering if on mccool near bruce the animals could please be cleaned up also on lenburg - thank you and have a great day
We took down a dead tree and need it picked up. Corner of Sarah and Satin St. Thank you!!!
When collecting garbage please refrain from calling residents F**king Retards this is unacceptable
Please when picking up garbage refrain from calling residents retarded, THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE PERIOD!!!
So, when are they reopening Hamstrom and Portage Avenue?
Isn’t today amnesty pick up? This is the first Thursday in September. No pick up on Jason court. Thank you
Thank you so much for makin my baby's day !! She came inside & called her grandma to brag! It was very sweet & appreciated, we were worried her bday would be iffy because of the state of things right now but she is on cloud 9 !
Why is there two detour signs by the school on Stone Ave? Both signs point south off of Stone. There is no construction so why the signs??
Can I trade my recycle tote for a non recycle tote ?
Can we get someone to move this tree? Thank you
About two weeks ago, we noticed that you car seats were puched back and items were stolen. Around 10 minutes before midnight we noticed a car parked outside our home and a woman proceeded to head towards our windows to look inside but as soon as she seen us she ran back in her car and left. Watch out!!!