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CIP35 - Phase 5 - Village Street Reconstruction
November 21, 2014
Sidewalk work continued this past week in Penacook Village, which included the prepping, paving and loaming of several disturbed areas. Fairpoint continued lowering their duct bank, and street signs were also installed along the southern part of the project. Work next week will take place only on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday due to Thanksgiving. Activities will include more sidewalk work, as well as loaming of the disturbed areas. One-way traffic will be maintained throughout the work zone and delays can be expected.

November 14, 2014
Then there was light! The street lighting in Penacook Village has finally been installed and is operational. In honor of Veterans Day, the American Legion was able to use the new flag sleeves installed at Boudreau Square for their 13 flag display. More curbing has been installed in the Stark Street area and sidewalks are being prepped for paving. The southern gateway island has been installed, planted, and mulched. Next week will bring more sidewalk work along with loaming and seeding of the disturbed areas. Fairpoint will continue with the lowering of their duct bank in the vicinity of Meter Street. One-way traffic will be maintained throughout the work zone and delays can be expected.

The Penacook Village Association invites Penacook residents and business owners, City officials and Route 3 contractors to attend the Penacook Village Street Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony being held on Saturday, 11/15/14 at 10:00 AM in Boudreau Square. Come celebrate the completion of Downtown Penacook's reconstruction.

November 7, 2014
Underground utility improvements continued throughout this past week along Village Street. Next week, the contractor will continue the installation of curbing and sidewalks, and lighting fixtures will be installed within the Penacook Village area.

October 31, 2014
This past week, the remainder of the roadway from Stark Street to Coral Street was base paved. Next week, the contractor and their subcontractors will be out in full force to complete the curb work, concrete work, raising of manhole and catch basin castings, and prepping for the installation of the lights. Fairpoint’s contractor will be replacing a section of their underground conduit bank between Meter and Bonney Street as well. The crushing operation of the recycled asphalt and concrete will also continue through next week at the Abbott Road facility. One-way traffic will be maintained throughout the work zone and delays can be expected.

October 24, 2014
This past week, Liberty Utilities completed the transfer of the gas services to the new main and discontinued the old gas main. F.L. Merrill Construction continued installing new road base materials in the northbound lane, beginning at Meter Street and heading south toward Stark Street. Another Thursday rain event put a damper on progress while roadway maintenance was tended to. Next week, the contractor will continue with road reconstruction work, including reclaiming the remainder of the existing pavement between Meter and Coral Streets. Following the reclaim operation, Continental Paving will be fine grading the entire roadway from Stark to Coral Street, then paving that section by week’s end (weather dependent of course). One-way traffic will be maintained throughout the work zone and delays can be expected.

October 17, 2014
During the past week, Liberty Utilities installed a new section of gas main from Meter Street to Stark Street, which needed to be lowered into the new section of roadway. Next week, they will transfer the gas services to the new main. F.L. Merrill Construction began installing the new road base materials in the southbound lane, beginning at Meter Street and heading south toward Stark Street. The electrical contractor was also on site beginning the installation of the up-lights and spotlights. Thursday’s rain put a damper on progress for everyone. Next week, the contractor will continue with road reconstruction work, including the removal of the old road base and placing new road base materials in the northbound lane from Meter to Stark Street. One-way traffic will be maintained throughout the work zone and delays can be expected.

October 10, 2014
This past week, the contractor continued with drainage installations near the intersection of Bonney and Village Streets, rebuilt the intersection of Lilac and Meter Streets, and removed the existing asphalt and concrete road bed between Meter and Stark Streets. Two sewer service connections were also replaced. The painting of parking stalls through the Village was completed and the placement of crosswalks and stop bars begun. Additionally, landscaping was completed, including some new tree plantings in the Meter Street area. Liberty Utilities brought their contractor in to relay a shallow length of gas main from Meter to Bonney Street as well prior to the new roadway being constructed. Next week, the contractor will continue with road reconstruction work, including the removal of the old road base and placement of new road base materials from Meter to Stark Street. One way traffic will be maintained throughout the work zone and delays can be expected.

October 3, 2014
Next week, the contractor will continue to remove asphalt and concrete on Village Street, between Meter and Stark Streets. Drainage improvements and road box reconstruction will also be initiated. Traffic delays are expected.

September 26, 2014
During the past week, the contractor continued with drainage installations heading south from Coral to Stark Street. The retaining wall cap in front of #219 Village Street was reset and the curbing and sidewalks were removed to prepare for the road work. Striping of road lines, parking and crosswalks occurred as well. Next week, the contractor will continue with drain and sewer replacement work as well as begin removing the old concrete roadway and rebuilding the new with reclaimed materials. One-way traffic will be maintained throughout the work zone. Delays can be expected.

September 19, 2014
Finish paving was completed this week along Village Street, from Coral Street to the Boscawen town line. Final paving on driveways and side streets will be completed next week. Pavement markings will also be completed next week in the finish paved areas. The general contractor will continue installation of drainage systems south of Coral Street towards the intersection of Meter  and Lilac Street. Temporary one lane travel is to be expected.

September 12, 2014
Village Street, from Coral Street to the Boscawen town line, including Merrimack, Washington, and Canal Streets, will be finish paved on Thursday and Friday, September 18th and 19th. On Thursday, Village and Washington Streets will be closed for the paving work at the roundabout. A detour will be in place with the use of multiple flaggers to direct traffic. The temporary detour will be established utilizing Canal Street, Community Drive, Allen Street, Meter Street, Charles Street, and Tanner Street. Village Street will be closed at Coral, Bonney and at Merrimack Street. Washington Street will be closed at Meter/Charles Streets. Detour signs will be in place to direct traffic. Emergency vehicles will be able to get through if necessary. During the paving operation on Friday, one-way traffic through the area will be maintained.

September 5, 2014
The top course of pavement at the three City Parking lots was completed past this week and the installation of the granite and brick pavers around the monument began. Motorists should use caution, as the covers for the manholes and catch basins in the project area have been raised in preparation for final paving in the coming weeks. Drainage work between Meter Street and Coral Street will continue next week, as well as the reconfiguration and re-grading of the intersection at Meter/Lilac/Village Streets. One lane of traffic will continue to be maintained through the work zone.

August 29, 2014
The cobblestone paving in the roundabout is in place and the concrete sidewalk along the east side of the roundabout is complete. Crews have been loaming most of the landscaped areas. Most of the concrete sidewalks throughout the village have been completed, including the section along Tanner Street. The landscaping contractor will focus on placement of the hardscape around the monument next week. Also next week, final course pavement will be placed at the three City parking lots and any remaining concrete sidewalks will be finished. One lane of traffic will continue to be maintained through the work zone.

August 22, 2014
Penacook village is looking greener. The permanent Christmas Tree in Boudreau Square, a beautiful Norway Spruce, has been planted, along with the remaining red oaks. Also, the landscaping at Poulin Park has been completed, as well as the center island of the roundabout. The hardscape around the monument is scheduled to begin next week. Top course of pavement on the Boscawen side of the bridge, along with Elm Street and the City Parking lot on Canal Street, will take place next week as well. One lane of traffic will continue to be maintained through the work zone.

August 15, 2014
What a difference a week makes. The roundabout at Village Street and Washington Street in Penacook is really shaping up. The curbing for the roundabout and the splitter islands has been installed, along with the center landscape island. Brochu Landscaping continues with their landscape/hardscape efforts and the sidewalks in the vicinity of the roundabout have been prepped for paving. Next week will bring more sidewalk and landscape work through the roundabout and in the vicinity of Boudreau Square. One lane of traffic will continue to be maintained through the work zone.

August 8, 2014
The roundabout at Village Street and Washington Street in Penacook has been base paved, along with Village Street just south of Coral Street. The curbing for the roundabout and the splitter islands will be installed next week, as well as the center landscape island. Brochu Landscaping has installed several more trees, bushes, and plants along the corridor and will continue next week as well. Drainage work will also continue heading south. One lane of traffic will continue to be maintained through the work zone.

August 1, 2014
Drain work in the vicinity of Washington Street and Coral Street was completed this week in preparation for next week’s paving operation. Village Street from Coral Street to Merrimack Street, including Washington Street will be reclaimed and paved beginning on Tuesday, August 5th thru Thursday August 7th. During the reclaiming operation on Tuesday one-way traffic through the area will be maintained. On Wednesday and Thursday, Village Street and Washington Street will be closed for the work at the roundabout. A detour will be setup with the use of multiple flaggers to direct traffic where to go. The temporary detour will be established utilizing Canal Street, Community Drive, Allen Street, Meter Street, Charles Street, and Tanner Street. Village Street will be closed at Coral/Bonney and at Merrimack Street. Washington Street will be closed at Meter/Charles. Detour signs will be in place to direct traffic through the detour. Local businesses will remain open and access will be provided to its patrons.

July 25, 2014
Brochu Landscaping has begun the landscaping and streetscape work, planting trees and flowers and the brickwork at the bumpouts. This work will continue for the next several weeks. Drainage work in the vicinity of Washington Street and Coral Street has begun and will continue into next week as well. The roundabout will be fine graded next week with the paving operation will occur during the week of August 4th . A temporary detour will be established utilizing Community Drive, Beede Road, and Allen Street. Detour signs will be in place to direct traffic.

July 18, 2014
Heavy rains earlier this week slowed progress down a bit and delayed the installation of the new drain work in the vicinity of the Washington Street roundabout. Drainage work will continue next week, along with other utility installations in the roundabout area. Brochu Landscaping is scheduled to begin with the streetscape/landscape work through the project area as well. Paving operations in and around the roundabout is currently scheduled for the week of July 28th. A temporary traffic detour for northbound and southbound traffic will be established utilizing Community Drive, Beede Road, and Allen Street during the actual paving operation. Detour signs will be in place to direct traffic through the detour. Motorists are advised to watch for the paving schedule on the message boards.

July 11, 2014
The Village/Washington Street roundabout in Penacook has taken shape and is in its temporary configuration. Barrels and cones along with some temporary signage, are in place to direct traffic thru the roundabout. Motorists are reminded to yield entering the roundabout. Drain and utility work will be taking place in the vicinity of this area next week. Brochu Landscaping is scheduled to begin with the streetscape/landscape work through the area as well.

July 3, 2014
Things are really shaping up. The majority of the concrete sidewalks have been poured from Merrimack Street north to the bridge. Next week, F.L. Merrill Construction will be working on shaping up the new roundabout at the intersection of Village and Washington Streets. Drain and utility work will be taking place in the vicinity, and Brochu Landscaping is scheduled to begin with the streetscape/landscape work through the area as well.

June 27, 2014
Next week, Granite State Curb crews will continue with the installation of the granite curb along Village Street. The concrete sidewalks are slated to be poured next week as well. Access to businesses will be maintained throughout the reconstruction of the sidewalks. The City parking lot adjacent to Chief’s Restaurant has been reconfigured with angled parking and the new one-way entrance off of Village Street. The electrical contractor is wrapping up on the installation of the light pole bases and the electrical pull boxes. Once all is in place, efforts to restore landscaped areas within Boudreau Square will begin.

June 20, 2014
F.L. Merrill Construction and Continental Paving have completed paving the roadway from Boudreau Square north to the Boscawen town line. Granite State Curb crews have begun with the installation of the granite curb along the roadway and will continue into next week. The concrete sidewalks are slated to be poured next week as well. The City parking lot adjacent to Chief’s Restaurant will be reconfigured and paved on Monday, June 23rd.

June 13, 2014
Merrill Construction and Continental Paving have completed the reclaiming/grading operation of the roadway from Boudreau Square north to the Boscawen town line. Paving of this section as well as the intersecting side streets is schedule to occur on Monday, June 16th. There will be no parking on Village Street during the paving operation. Parking will remain available on the bridge as well as in the City parking lots at Poulin Park, Boudreau Square, Tanner Street and Canal Street. Businesses will remain open and accessible to pedestrian traffic at all times via the sidewalks. Commuters can expect major delays during the paving operation and should seek alternate routes.

June 6, 2014
This past week, F. L. Merrill Construction removed the curbing and sidewalks in preparation for the reclaiming/grading/paving operation. The aerial utility lines are now gone and the utility poles have been removed. The electrical contractor has completed the underground conduit installations and will begin to install the light pole bases and pull boxes in the coming weeks. Next week, Village Street, from Merrimack Street to the Boscawen town line, will be reclaimed and paved. This operation consists of grinding up the existing pavement while blending it with the underlying gravels, grading and compacting the new road base, followed by the placement of the new pavement. The intersections at the side streets along this section will be reclaimed and paved at the same time including Merrimack, Summer, Charles, Sanders, Tanner, Canal and Elm Streets. There will be no parking on Village Street within the work area during the reclaim and paving operation, and limited parking outside of the work hours. Parking will remain available on the bridge as well as in the City parking lots at Poulin Park, Boudreau Square, Tanner Street and Canal Street. Businesses will remain open and accessible to pedestrian traffic at all times via the sidewalks. Commuters can expect major delays the entire week and should seek alternate routes.

May 30, 2014
Things are beginning to look a bit different as you drive through Penacook Village. The majority of the overhead utility wires between Washington Street and the bridge over the Contoocook River have come down and the utility poles are scheduled to be removed next week. Poulin Park has been grubbed out in preparation for the new roundabout at the Washington Street intersection. The Summer Street and Merrimack Street configuration at Boudreau Square has modified where the one-way, short leg of Summer Street between Village Street and High Street is now permanently closed. The one-way configuration of Merrimack Street at Boudreau Square is now operating as a two-way street, and access to Sam’s Store and Summer Street is now directly from Merrimack Street. Barrels and cones have been placed to show the new configuration in this area. The electrical contractor continues to place underground conduit for the street lights in the area of Boudreau Square and Poulin Park, and will continue to do so into next week. Also next week, Merrill Construction will begin to lower the manhole and catch basin frames, as well as remove the curbing and sidewalks in preparation for the roadway reclamation and paving operations scheduled for the week of June 9th. Temporary sidewalk and parking impacts in the area are to be expected. Traffic delays during the reclamation/paving operations are expected and commuters are encouraged to seek alternate routes. Penacook Village businesses remain open.

May 23, 2014
Next week, the contractor will continue to install electrical conduit and drainage in Penacook Village. Time permitting, they will begin to remove curbing and lower utility covers in the travel way. This work will continue between the bridge and Boudreaux Square. Traffic delays are expected.

May 16, 2014
Construction activity is now in full force from the Boscawen town line to the Boudreau Square area along Village Street. The electrical contractor has mobilized and has begun work on the underground electrical circuit work for the new street lights. This work will continue next week along the easterly side of Village Street, from the bridge southerly towards Merrimack Street, and generally includes excavation and placement of conduit within the sidewalk and street crossings in that area. FL Merrill Construction will continue with the drain work in and around Boudreau Square area all of next week. Meanwhile, the overhead utility work will continue through next week with removal of some of the overhead lines along the east side of Village Street, from Washington Street to the bridge, along with some of the side streets in the area. On-street parking from Canal Street to Merrimack Street will be affected at times within the immediate work areas. Commuters can expect delays through the construction area as the contractor continues this work as well as prepares for paving in the upcoming weeks.

May 9, 2014
The contractor was able to take advantage of the nicer weather this week to continue with the drainage installations on the north side of the bridge in the Penacook Village. Next week will bring the drainage crews southerly to the vicinity of Merrimack Street for more drain work. The electrical contractor is also slated to begin work next week on installing the underground conduit for the street lighting from the bridge heading south to Boudreau Square. Utility companies will continue to relocate services and remove overhead wiring in the Village. 

May 2, 2014
The rainy weather of this week put a damper on progress of the drain work that was supposed to take place in the vicinity of Elm Street. The contractor was able to perform the pavement saw cutting for the intersections, trenches, and driveways as well as beginning tree removal. Construction of some of the drainage components from the bridge heading north to the Boscawen town line will continue into next week. Please be patient and use caution travelling through the construction zones as work progresses through the Village.

April 25, 2014
F.L. Merrill Construction has begun mobilizing their equipment and installing construction signage for the Village Street Reconstruction Project in Penacook. Construction of some of the drainage components, from the bridge heading north to the Boscawen town line, will commence on or about April 28th. Commuters can expect delays as they travel through the construction work areas until the end of the construction season in November. Be sure to visit your local businesses as they will remain open and accessible throughout the construction activities.

November 27, 2013 Update:
Next week, the contractor will continue with underground utility conduit installation in the vicinity of Canal Street and also the north side of the bridge. The bridge work is almost complete with some minor punch list items to be addressed next week.

November 22, 2013 Update:
Early next week, the contractor will continue with underground utility conduit installation in the vicinity of Canal Street and the bridge. The contractor plans to have the trench work paved by end of day Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no work on Thursday or Friday. The bridge work is just about complete with some minor work to occur underneath the bridge next week.

November 15, 2013 Update:
Three Unitil utility vaults have been installed and next week’s work will include connecting each of these vaults with the underground conduit. Work will continue from Merrimack Street, northerly toward Canal Street, and then to the bridge. The bridge abutments in the northbound lane were formed and poured this past week. The deck membrane and paving of the northbound lane will take place early next week with striping of the bridge to occur by week's end.

November 8, 2013 Update:
The utility vault at the intersection of Merrimack Street and Village Street has been set. The second of three structures will be set in the northbound lane on the north side of the bridge on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Once again, a large crane will be used to set this structure on Tuesday. The bridge deck membrane and paving on the southbound lane of the bridge has been completed and the traffic pattern has now been shifted to the southbound lane so work on the northbound lane can begin.

November 1, 2013 Update:
The utility vault at the intersection of Merrimack Street and Village Street is scheduled to be set next Wednesday and Thursday, November 6th and 7th. A traffic lane shift will occur in this area over these two days, including overnight in this area. A large crane will be used to set this structure. The bridge deck membrane and paving of the southbound lane should be complete by mid-week and traffic across the bridge will then shift to the southbound side in preparation for the northbound lane work.

October 25, 2013 Update:
Underground utility work in the Penacook Village will continue next week down Village Street in the northbound lane from Merrimack Street, where a utility vault will be set for Unitil, and continue north towards Canal Street. The bridge expansion joints in the southbound lane have been set and concrete has been poured. The bridge deck membrane is scheduled to be placed by the end of next week followed by paving the southbound lane. Traffic across the bridge will then shift to the southbound side in preparation for the northbound lane work.

October 18, 2013 Update:
Utility infrastructure improvements and bridge repairs continue in Penacook Village. The utility contractor has completed installation of conduit duct banks through Sanders Street and will continue through Canal Street next week. Paving of trenches is expected early next week as work areas are completed. The bridge contractor completed the placement of concrete on the northwest expansion joint and will complete the southwest expansion joint next week. Although traffic can flow through the work site, minor delays are expected from time to time.

October 11, 2013 Update:
Next week, underground utility work along Village Street in Penacook will continue on the side streets including Sanders, Canal, and Washington Streets. The bridge expansion joint on the north abutment wall in the southbound lane has been set, while work on the south abutment wall continues. The north abutment wall should see formwork, rebar, and concrete placement next week. Travel impacts are limited but, nonetheless, minor delays through Penacook Village are expected.

October 4, 2013 Update:
Underground utility work continues in Penacook Village in the vicinity of Boudreaux Square. Traffic delays are to be expected with alternating one way traffic. Next week, the bridge contractor will begin to form the north abutment wall and demolish the south abutment wall. Two way traffic flows will continue on the bridge.

September 27, 2013 Update:
Underground utility work continues in Penacook Village. Liberty Utilities has completed their portion of the work. The bridge work has begun and parking along the bridge has been eliminated to allow for two-way traffic flow during construction.

September 20, 2013 Update:
Sewer Manhole work has been completed. The conduit installation for the utilities has begun and will continue in the vicinity of Washington Street. Liberty Utilities has completed the gas main upgrade work from Meter to Coral and should be complete with their work on the bridge by next Friday. Contractors will start the bridge expansion joint rehabilitation work by on Monday, September 23rd.

September 13, 2013 Update:
The utility infrastructure project in Penacook will continue next week with drainage and sewer manhole installations occurring in the vicinity of Sanders Street and Tanner Street.
Liberty Utilities will continue their gas main upgrade work. Contractors Beck & Bellucci
are expected to begin the bridge deck membrane and expansion joint replacement work
by the end of next week.

September 6, 2013 Update:
Next week, drainage and sewer manhole installations will occur in the vicinity of Sanders Street and Village Street. Liberty Utilities will begin tying in gas services between Meter and Coral Streets and has begun the work across the bridge as well.

August 30, 2013 Update:
Utility infrastructure improvements in Penacook Village are underway. Next week, the contractor will continue with drainage and sewer manhole installation in the vicinity of Washington Street and Village Street. Liberty Utilities continues with their work in relaying their gas main form Meter Street to Coral Street and will be replacing their expansion joints across the bridge as well.

August 23, 2013 Update:
Construction signage for the utility infrastructure improvements on Village Street in Penacook has been installed. Construction is scheduled to commence on Monday, August 26th. The Contractor has begun to layout the project and intends to begin their work at the intersection of Washington Street and Village Street with the installation of new drainage pipe and structures, along with the Fairpoint underground conduit. Liberty Utilities continues with their work in relaying their gas main form Meter Street to Coral Street and will begin replacing their expansion joints across the bridge next week as well. Comcast and Fairpoint will be on the street working their overhead lines in the area for the next several weeks in preparation to go underground this fall.

Traffic delays are expected through the work zone beginning at Stark Street to the Boscawen Town Line. It is strongly recommended that commuters seek alternate routes if possible. We thank the public for its patience and cooperation as we work through the Village.

August 16, 2013 Update:
The Penacook Village utilities improvements are scheduled to commence on Monday, August 26th. The contractor will begin to mobilize their equipment beginning on or about Tuesday, August 20th. Liberty Utilities has begun their work in relaying their gas main form Meter Street to Coral Street and will be replacing their expansion joints across the bridge as well. Commuter traffic can expect delays through the work zone beginning at Stark Street up to the Boscawen Town Line. This phase of construction is scheduled to be complete by Thanksgiving.