City Manager’s Newsletter: DOT meeting, Merrimack Lodge opens and more

The new Skate warming hut at White Park is looking almost complete on Thursday, May 16, 2019 and is due to be done by mid-June. GEOFF FORESTER
The new Skate warming hut at White Park is looking almost complete on Thursday, May 16, 2019 and is due to be done by mid-June. GEOFF FORESTER

On Friday, Stefanie Breton, the city’s public information officer, sent out the weekly City Manager’s Newsletter. Here are some of the highlights:

City, DOT public workshop

The city of Concord and the state Department of Transportation are holding a joint public workshop on the Bow/Concord Interstate 93 project on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The workshop will be held at the DOT John O. Morton Building, 7 Hazen Drive, Room 114. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Merrimack Lodge at White Park open

The Merrimack Lodge (the skate house) at White Park officially opened last Friday. June hours of operation are: Monday through Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. More information will be available at There is still time to be part of this project; visit for more information.

Swim team registration

Don’t forget to register for your neighborhood swim team. Practices begin July 2. Register to compete in the City Wide Swim Meet at Rollins Pool on Aug. 2. The cost is $6 for residents and $16 for nonresidents. For more info, speak to a lifeguard at any city pool or call Parks and Rec at 225-8690.

State Street garage work

The State Street parking Garage will be closed at 7 p.m. on Thursday for sweeping. The garage will reopen at 8 a.m. on Friday. The garage will be closed again Saturday at 7 p.m. for pressure washing. The garage will reopen on Monday at 8 a.m.

School Street garage update

Work continues at the School Street garage site and remains focused on concrete repairs on the first floor, as well as pouring the foundation for the new south stair tower. Steel erection for the new south stair has been tentatively scheduled for July 8 and 9. This will affect traffic on Warren Street. More information about street closures and detours will be provided to the public next week. Also, the contractor temporarily reopened the Warren Street entrance to the garage to support Market Days. They also temporarily scaled back work zones in order to provide maximum parking opportunities during the three-day festival. Lastly, work to replace waterproof membrane in the garage will begin on Monday, June 24. This will necessitate closure of 50 percent of the fifth floor, which will result in the temporary loss of 50 public parking spaces. The closure will last for approximately four weeks.

Upcoming utility work

The State of New Hampshire will be installing new steam lines on Green Street and Park Street until November. Work for this week includes the following:

Green Street (at School Street): The road will be closed, south of School Street, and barricaded off for approximately five weeks (through July 26). Northbound through traffic will be detoured at Warren Street. Residents, business and garage access between Warren Street and School Street will be allowed. Southbound traffic will be detoured at School Street. Pedestrian access will be provided through the work zone.

Park Street (between North Main Street and North State Street): Portions of the sidewalk and parking will be impacted.

Liberty Utilities will be working at the following locations this week:

Fayette Street (South Street to North State Street)

North State Street (Centre Street to Pleasant Street)

Perry Avenue (Washington Street to Centre Street)

Washington Street (North State Street to Perry Avenue)

There may be delays, one-lane traffic, possible road closures and encumbrances of parking spaces. Work will generally take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Neighborhood street paving

The Neighborhood Street Paving Program continues. Continental Paving has reset the curb on Pleasant Street from Minot Street to Rum Hill Road and they are working on curb patching and sidewalk reconstruction. They have also started the concrete removal on Pleasant Street from Fruit Street to Minot Street. Once the concrete is removed they will grade and base pave this section by early this week. Westbound traffic on Pleasant Street will not be affected; eastbound traffic is being detoured up Rum Hill Road to School Street. When they are in the intersection of Fruit and Pleasant streets, Fruit Street will be detoured to Reddington Road to Gale Street back to Pleasant Street. They will be setting curb on Westbourne Road from School Street to Warren Street and on Woodman Street from Fruit Street to Westbourne Road in the next couple of weeks. As a result of the adopted budget they will also start reclaiming Ormond Street from Loudon Road to Christian Avenue; Sylvester Street (full length), and Hutchins Street from North State Street to the water treatment plant later this week. They will also be coldplaning Hoit Road from Mountain Road to the Loudon town line later this week. Base paving for all of these streets will happen the following week. Work is weather permitting. During construction, streets will be closed to on-street parking between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times during construction. Find more information and a tentative schedule of streets approved for paving at

Airport taxiway project

The city is reconstructing the taxiway to the main runway at the airport. We are currently working on the southern section between Terrill Park Road and Mullberry Street. Residents in this area may experience vibration due to the compaction of the sub-base and paving of the taxiway. This is not unusual due to this type of construction on the Heights. The deep, geological sand deposits cause sound and vibrations to travel. There should be no concern for the structure of your homes or businesses. We suggest you remove valuable items from the walls/cabinets to be proactive. We have set up vibration monitoring to ensure our levels are within standard construction activities. This work will continue until mid-July. We appreciate your cooperation on this project and apologize in advance for any inconvenience. If you have questions or concerns, please call Community Development Engineering Services, Martha Drukker, Associate Engineer, at 783-1920.

PlanNH Awards

Last week, the City received two Project Merit Awards from PlanNH for the City-wide Community Center and Complete Streets Projects. PlanNH is a nonprofit organization composed of planners, engineers, architects and community development professionals whose mission is to “foster excellence in planning, design and development of New Hampshire’s built environment.” PlanNH’s award marks the eighth such honor that the City has earned for the Complete Streets Project.

Stefanie Breton

Author: Insider Staff

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