Friday, March 28, 2014

Main Street Bridge Update 3/28/2014

Did you know that you can follow the bridge project on Facebook, and also receive real-time posts on Twitter?
Today’s update from Paul reads like a good end to the first week of activity.
Hi All, -- Update this a.m. (Friday 3/28),
Work around the site will be light today
Traffic on Beacon St. East and Beacon St. West will flow freely thru the day
Closure of Beacon St. East and Phase 1 Detour will begin Monday a.m. March 31st – Details available on City Website – Main St. Bridge
If you have questions or concerns, please call.  – thanks,  Paul
As always, you can email, call or text with questions or comments, or even if grab a cool pic of the construction while it happens!
John Moriarty, president
Main street Initiative of Laconia
Cell / text 603.455.2084

Main Street Bridge Update 3/27/2014

Thank you everybody who expressed their appreciation for our efforts to send these emails.  I am glad to hear that you are receiving them and finding them helpful.
In addition to forwarding the messages from the City, we at Main Street are here to collect your questions and concerns and pose them anonymously to the City.  We will then post the questions and answers here so that in the likely event that others have the same question, it will save time and effort for all concerned.
Such was the case Tuesday.  We forwarded a question posed to us to the City and had an answer the same day.
Q.  “April 1st is the start of fishing season, and myself and scores of other anglers enjoy dropping a line off the Main Street Bridge.  Will be able to do so this April 1st, and what about April 1st 2015”?
A. “We welcome and encourage anglers to take advantage of the salmon season in areas along the banks of the Winnipesaukee River that are not closed-off as part of the active Bridge Construction Zone.  In the immediate Main St. vicinity, the Beacon Street West bridge section, the Mill St. Pedestrian Bridge, Rotary Park, Stewart Park, the area behind the Landmark Inn (and Walgreens) and the Beacon St. West Riverwalk  are all fully available to the public.
In the 2015 cycle, the only difference should be that Beacon St. West would be closed because of active bridge construction, but, at that time, Beacon St. East should be fully available”.
                                --thanks to Paul Moynihan for that answer.
Director of Public Works, Paul Moynihan has one important announcement and the daily update to share:
NOTE:  R.M. Piper (Contractor) has confirmed that the Phase 1 Detour will be put into effect on Monday, March 31st during the morning hours.
Hi All, -- Update this a.m. (Thursday 3/27),
Traffic Island at mouth of Beacon St. East (edge of Phase 1 work area) will be removed today
Site Prep work will continue on sidewalk area at the south end of the Parking Garage and with staging set-up under the bridge on the Beacon St. east side
Crosswalk striping around the work area will be enhanced
Traffic on Beacon St. East and Beacon St. West will flow freely thru the day with only periodic delays on the Beacon St. East side
Thanks for tuning in.
Yours truly,
John Moriarty, president
Main Street Initiative of Laconia

Main Street Bridge Update 3/26/2014

From Laconia Main Street Initiative President John Moriarty:
Good morning everyone – I am sorry this is so late.
I for one really appreciate the superb communication from Paul Moynihan regarding the bridge re-decking project.
Here is Paul’s update for today.
John Moriarty, president
Main Street Initiative of Laconia
Hi All, --Update this a.m. (Wednesday 3/26),
Beacon St. East wing will have minor lane-narrowing (with cones) while staging is set-up under the bridge
R.M. Piper will continue removing items on the sidewalk area at the south end of the Parking Garage
Time permitting, Piper will remove the easterly Traffic Island that is located in the Phase 1 work area
Traffic on Beacon St. East and Beacon St. West will flow freely thru the day

Main Street Bridge Update 3/24/2014

Mar 24 at 7:26 PM

Good evening everybody,
In this email, The Main Street Initiative of Laconia, is conveying information released by City Hall, pertaining to the Main Street Bridge repair project.
You are receiving this email because you have had some connection to our efforts or events.  However, the Main Street group, is in the process of updating our email distribution system, and as such we are potentially over communicating.  Please be patient with us, as we strive to share information with those who need to have the most up to date information, while we hone our list.  We understand that this may cause a minor inconvenience in the short run and apologize for doing so.
You may have noticed that in addition to the original staging area specified as proximate to Rotary Riverside Park, that as of today, there is an area in the municipal parking lot that is serving as additional staging.  We will pass along to you further details as they become available.  Alternately please check the city’s website for regular posts at
The first of such posts is copied below.
We know this is going to be a difficult process for proprietors, employees, customers, patients and parishioners, but please remember that this is going to be a very visible step in the many that will follow, to rebuild downtown Laconia. 
Please feel free to share concerns or questions that you have with me on my cell phone at 603.455.2084, or by email at  I will forward them through the proper channels. 
Alternately share them directly with Paul Moynihan at the Department of Public Works.
Yours truly,
John Moriarty, president
Main Street Initiative of Laconia.
Excerpt from the City’s website:
Monday March 24, 2014
RM Piper crews will be working around the job site all this week. There will be no traffic detours this week but there will be occasional short-term traffic delays on Beacon Street East as Phase I job area is being prepared. A staging area has been delineated in the City Hall parking lot. Commuters are encourage to park in the Laconia parking garage. A construction trailer will be placed in Rotary Park this week. The Phase I detour plan is anticipated to begin Tuesday April 1. Changes to that schedule will be posted here.

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