PORTSMOUTH — The city’s Department of Public Works will install the new bollards for the Middle Street bike lanes the week of July 1.

The bollards are a critical safety feature of the bike lane design as they serve to keep vehicles out of the bike lanes and provide protection to bicyclists. In response to concerns expressed regarding the previous bollards, only about half the number of bollards will be installed this year, and will only be placed in critical locations where it is necessary to ensure safety of bicyclists and to guide traffic around parked vehicles.

The new bollards will be an upgrade over the original bollards installed last year. The bollards will be six inches shorter, one inch wider, and will withstand vehicle collisions without causing harm to vehicles or the bollards. The bollards will be anchored to the pavement with a new system that will allow for much easier removal and installation of the bollards for snow plowing, construction and replacement.

Drivers on Middle Street should expect minor delays during the installation.

For more information, call Parking and Transportation Engineer Eric Eby at (603) 766- 1415, or Planning Director Juliet Walker at (603) 610-7296.