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Downtown: Road paving work is gearing up throughout Concord

  • Construction on Loudon Road began Sunday, July 23, 2017, and is set to continue through Sept. 1, weather permitting. Major paving operations will be completed in the overnight hours, between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Lane closures and traffic delays can be expected. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor file

  • Pavers from Pike Industries work on the south side of Loudon Road on July 24, 2017. Construction on Loudon Road began on Sunday, July 23, and will continue through Sept. 1, weather permitting. Major paving operations will be completed in the overnight hours, between 7 and 5 a.m. Lane closures and traffic delays can be expected. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Construction for the roundabout on Mountain Road near Exit 16 of Interstate 93 started earlier this spring with minimal traffic issues. Traffic is expected to get worse as heavy construction ramps up and the intersection moves toward its new circular shape. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 8/14/2017 12:10:49 AM

Road paving season in Concord is in full swing, and by this time next month, several well-traveled streets will be sporting a new look.

The Loudon Road repaving is scheduled to be complete by Sept. 8. About that same time, the Exit 16 roundabout will begin to take its new, circular shape en route to a mid-October completion, City Engineer Ed Roberge said.

But the intensity of the work – and the associated delays – will get worse before they get better.

After weeks of utility work to remove poles, the general contractor for the roundabout project will return to the site today to begin preparations for the heavier construction. The team from GMI Asphalt will reclaim the pavement, grade the area and pave a base layer.

“Our goal is to pave by Labor Day, weather permitting,” Roberge said.

Once the circular shape of the new format for the intersection of Mountain Road, East Side Drive, Shawmut Street and Exit 16 is established, vehicles will begin to use the roundabout traffic pattern. Construction crews will continue installing sidewalks, crosswalks, center islands and other streetscape elements, he said.

“That’ll bring us right to the early part of October, and then we’ll finish pave,” Roberge said.

As the heavy construction work begins in earnest at the latter part of this week, he said, “It would be good for people to start creating the habit just to avoid the area for a while. It’ll cut down on frustration and help us to go faster.”

Likewise, the Loudon Road paving is also gearing up into more intensive work this week.

From Hazen Drive all the way to D’Amante Drive, crews will grind up and repave the outer lanes each night through Wednesday, Roberge said, followed by shimming and shaping of the rest of the roadway.

“It’s almost like a very long train moving down the road slowly,” he said.

Starting next week, Roberge said the crews are scheduled to start in on daytime work along the curbline, which will bring on some minor traffic delays.

All the while, the city’s Neighborhood Paving Program has been plugging along to keep the streets on track.

“We’ve got a pretty progressive citywide paving effort this year,” Roberge said. “There’s been a lot going on.”

Roberge added that the city is fortunate to be able to reinvest in infrastructure.

“I know there’s a lot of dust right now going on citywide – we appreciate everyone’s patience – but it’s all for the good,” he said.

Northern Pass

Another opportunity for public comment on the Northern Pass energy transmission project is coming up.

The Site Evaluation Committee has scheduled a session Aug. 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 49 Donovan St., Concord. It “may be the final opportunity for members of the public, who are not official project intervenors, to speak directly to the committee,” according to the city manager’s weekly newsletter.

People who wish to speak should email marissa.schuetz@sec.nh.gov by Aug. 21, including name and address, position on the project, and whether you need any special accommodations made to attend or to speak to the committee.

The committee is scheduled to make its decision on the project by the end of September.

Events this week

Two opportunities are scheduled Wednesday night to have some summer fun outside.

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department has organized games of kickball, capture the flag and tug of war for 5:30 p.m. at White Park.

The department says it’ll be an evening of “old-school rec games,” and all ages are welcome.

The public library will host its final Live Music on the Lawn concert of the season the same evening at 6.

Miketon and the Night Blinders, a five-piece band from New England that plays folk, country and garbage grass music, will perform on Prince Street for free.

(Nick Reid can be reached at 369-3325, nreid@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @NickBReid.)


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