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Sewer work done on west end of Union Street

Paving to start soon; town abandons test of revised traffic pattern at intersection with Main, Elm and High streets

  • Construction will continue on Union Street until the Winter.  The street's sewage and drainage systems are being rebuilt this week.  Paving will start in the next two weeks.

    Construction will continue on Union Street until the Winter. The street's sewage and drainage systems are being rebuilt this week. Paving will start in the next two weeks. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Construction will continue on Union Street until the Winter.  The street's sewage and drainage systems are being rebuilt this week.  Paving will start in the next two weeks.

    Construction will continue on Union Street until the Winter. The street's sewage and drainage systems are being rebuilt this week. Paving will start in the next two weeks. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Construction will continue on Union Street until the Winter.  The street's sewage and drainage systems are being rebuilt this week.  Paving will start in the next two weeks.
  • Construction will continue on Union Street until the Winter.  The street's sewage and drainage systems are being rebuilt this week.  Paving will start in the next two weeks.

PETERBOROUGH — SUR Construction West is wrapping up the first part of its renovation of Union Street’s outdated sewer and drainage system, from the intersection of Main and Elm Streets to Scott Winn Road. Paving will begin on the western end of the street in the next two weeks.

Town Administrator Pamela Brenner and Seth MacLean, an intern working for the town, said Friday that the rebuilding of the sewer system was finished that day. Brenner and MacLean predicted the drainage system would also be finished then, although a road crew was completing this part of the project on Monday afternoon.

Union Street’s sewage system is about 40 years old. MacLean said there wasn’t much of a drainage system on the street to begin with, either.

MacLean said overall the project is on schedule, despite a few setbacks, particularly because of weather.

Rebuilding of the sewage and drainage systems and repaving is being done on Union Street from West Peterborough to downtown . But Public Service of New Hampshire must remove a utility pole near Adams Playground that is in the way of the construction path. Assistant Town Administrator Nicole MacStay said on Monday that hopefully by the time everything west of the utility pole is completed, PSNH will have also removed the pole.

Brenner and MacLean said paving will start in the next two weeks. From Main Street, Union Street is currently unpaved after the curve past Adams Playground.

Brenner said no roads will be closed because of the paving. Instead, Union Street will temporarily become a one-lane street, so traffic may be delayed. Brenner said traffic congestion because of construction is expected, and she is encouraging drivers to use detours.

The through-traffic route for drivers leaving downtown Peterborough will be to take High Street to MacDowell Road, then to follow MacDowell to the intersection with Windy Row and turn left to reconnect with Union Street in West Peterborough.

MacStay said the five-way intersection at Main, Elm, High and Vine Streets will, for all intents and purposes, return to how it was before construction began. At the start of construction,the town tested a new traffic pattern at the intersection. Drivers leaving downtown and coming up the westbound lane of Main Street were shifted to the right lane by barrels. Drivers on Union Street heading toward downtown were required to stop at a stop sign near the intersection with Elm Street. MacLean indicated on Monday this traffic pattern the town tested will not continue, and traffic at the intersection will revert back to how it was before construction.

Dick Sanderson, who lives on High Street, said on Monday said this traffic pattern made the intersection “very confusing.” He observed cars fly through High Street toward downtown, and drivers not realize they had rolled through a stop sign on Elm Street. He said he was told the pavement markings at the intersection would be repainted that afternoon.

Brenner and MacLean said they were aware that dust from the construction was problematic at times. The town is reminding the road crew to continue to spray the gravel with water to prevent a buildup of dust in the air. The first layer of paving will be completed before winter. Construction will resume in the spring, and Union Street will receive its second layer of paving and be patched. MacStay said a top coat and binder will then be applied to the road, and it will be officially complete.

Voters approved a bond for up to $2.635 million at Town Meeting in May 2013 for the Union Street project. In June, the Select Board accepted a bid of $2,136,589 from SUR Construction West, a company based in Winchester. SUR covering was the only company to bid on the project. Bartlett said in June that even after the town pays for design and administration costs, the overall cost to the town should still be about $150,000 less than the amount approved.

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