Think driving downtown was a pain? Try laying blacktop in a heatwave

  • Downtown traffic looking east on Pleasant Street on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. The paving of streets in downtown have created a traffic nightmare. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Downtown traffic looking east on Pleasant Street on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. The paving of streets in downtown have created a traffic nightmare. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Downtown traffic looking east on Pleasant Street on Wednesday. The paving of streets in downtown have created a traffic nightmare. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 7/22/2022 3:41:55 PM

Anyone who ventured downtown this week quickly discovered that summer paving in the city’s core is in full effect, which has led to closed streets and detours around Main Street.

Crews from Continental Paving, the city’s paving contractor, were working on Centre, Capitol, Pleasant, Warren, School and Park streets in the downtown area this week grinding down the pavement in preparation for a new coat of black top.

“Final paving will start Tuesday or Wednesday and continue through the end of next week into the following week,” the city announced in its weekly newsletter on Friday.

The city warns that the work is weather dependent and subject to change.

If you found yourself in a frustrating traffic situation this week, consider the plight of the paving workers who were out during consecutive days of 90-degree weather.

Find more information and a tentative schedule of streets approved for paving at www.concordnh.gov/pavingplan.




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