Expect delays due to Elm Street paving projectBy PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader
August 09. 2017 9:11PM
MANCHESTER — City public works officials are warning that work taking place over the next two weeks as part of the Elm Street paving project will likely cause delays for local drivers.
In his Fiscal Year 2018 budget, Mayor Ted Gatsas included $1.5 million to pave Elm Street from the North End of Manchester, through downtown and on to south Manchester in Ward 9, using the Municipal Transportation Improvement Fund included in the city’s general fund reserves.
City Engineer Todd Connors said Elm Street was last paved between 1998 and 2001. The street, a main thoroughfare through the heart of the Queen City, carries on average 18,000 vehicles a day.
Connors said the pavement is 16 to 20 years old, and has “basically served its useful life.”
The project involves repaving Elm Street from Webster Street to Wyoming Avenue, a stretch of about 2.6 miles of road. The full width of the street will be milled down to remove old asphalt, and replaced with a new 2-inch thick surface of pavement. Work is scheduled for completion by Nov. 1.
Connors said the work will be done in three segments. Paving on Elm Street from Webster to Salmon streets, and from Old Granite to Auburn streets, will be completed this month, weather permitting.
The city’s highway department announced this week that — weather permitting — milling and paving on Elm Street between Bridge Street and Old Granite Street is scheduled to start Monday, Aug. 14. One half of the street and its parking will be closed each day, with two-way traffic shifted to the opposite side of the street.
Saturday, Aug. 26, is shaping up to be a busy day for the Elm Street project. Final paving operations are scheduled to be performed that day on Elm Street from Bridge Street to Old Granite Street between 2 a.m. and 12 p.m. Traffic will be restricted during work hours with street closures and detours. Officials anticipate one side of Elm Street will be open after 9 a.m., with work completed by noon.
“Please note that this work will cause delays, detours and the loss of parking spaces from Bridge Street to Old Granite Street,” said city highway officials in a release. “Signage will be put in place for detours and Elm Street will be accessible from side streets and parallel streets.”