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Broad Street Reconstruction Preparing to 'Wrap Up' for Winter

Officials say the $3 million project is still on pace to be wrap up by late spring/early summer of 2013.

Any motorist that has tried to traverse Broad Street over the past few months knows that the road has been…well, somewhat less than ideal to drive down. 

That's because the road is in the middle of a $3 million reconstruction project that started in August, and is not slated to finish until late spring/early summer of 2013. But much of the paving work on the roadway has been completed, and the project is preparing to "wrap up" for the winter, according to Manchester General Manager Scott Shanley. 

Shanley told Patch Wednesday that the majority of the paving work on the project has been completed, and that the project is preparing to shut down for the winter. But Shanley said that repairs on a culver that runs under Edgerton Street are scheduled to take place throughout the winter, and will last about eight weeks. 

"It's a complex job due to all the utilities that run over the culvert," Shanley said, noting that the construction will continue to "restrict traffic" during the winter months. 

Shanley said that the project is still on schedule to be fully completed by late spring/early summer of 2013. 

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The $3 million Broad Street Reconstruction projec, mostly financed through state funds, will reconstruct the section of Broad Street between West Middle Turnpike and Center Street, establishing uniform traffic lane widths, curb cuts for all properties, and sidewalks on both sides of the road.

The town is in the process of attempting to revitalize and redevelop that part of town, once part of Manchester’s primary retail area, but which has seen a downturn and economic stagnation in recent years.

Concerned Citizen December 14, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I really hope they do wrap it up soon. That project is taking way too long, hurting businesses along Broad Street and the surrounding area. Many cars have been damaged by flat tires and the town is not taking any complaints because the project is being done by the cheapest contractor they could find. I left to go overseas in Aug 2011 while the project was in the mist and upon my return in July 2012, they were still fixing the same part of the road. I was completely dissappointed by the slow progress and how it has hurt the businesses on that road.
Gary Benson December 14, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Perhaps things wouldn't be quite so bad if the project was be done at night when the businesses are closed. Looking at the traffic configeration, they could actually close off Broad Street entirely as needed if work was done between 10:00PM and 6:00AM. Just a thought.

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