City News: As Winter Approaches, Road Projects End
Landscape planting for the new Alder Creek culvert will take place in early spring.
The Birchdale Road Bridge Replacement Project was completed slightly ahead of schedule and is open to traffic.
The city manager’s office sent out the city manager’s newsletter last Friday. The full newsletter can be found by going to concordnh.gov and clicking on the “Newsletter” button. Here are some highlights:
Alder Creek Culvert
Weaver Brothers Inc. has completed the culvert replacement project. The new prefabricated bridge structure, complete with shelving for wildlife from the natural stream bed, was opened to traffic on November 11. Landscape planting will take place in early spring 2022 if weather conditions allow. We appreciate the patience of the community during the construction period.
Municipal meetings are held in person in the Council Chamber at 37 Green Street (unless otherwise specified in the municipal calendar). Upcoming meetings include:
Zoning Adjustment Council: December 1, 7 p.m.
City Council: Dec. 13, 7 p.m.
Planning Council: Dec. 15, 7 p.m.
Storrs Street Parking Lot
The contractor began painting the interior of the West Stair Tower (near O’s Steak and Seafood) on November 11. The elevator will remain accessible to the public; however the stairs will be closed. The public is encouraged to use the North Stair Tower near the Endicott Hotel (Live Juice) to access Main Street. The duration of the work depends on the temperature; however, it is expected that the new paint job will take approximately two weeks.
Work on Hoit / Whitney Road
The contractor will install an electrical conduit to power the two new lampposts at the roundabout on Whitney Road in Merchants Way. Whitney Road will be leveled for paving the week of November 22. All large commercial trucks will use the new temporary access road south of Merchants Way to access the mobile station. Traffic will be reduced to one-way alternating on Whitney Road.
Liberty Utilities works
Liberty Utilities will work on the following main gas line replacement projects, depending on weather conditions.
Manchester Street, near the intersection of Integra Drive and Airport Road.
N. Main Street (intersection of Boutin Street to Chapel Street), Pearl Street (full length) and Franklin Street (N. State to N. Main Street).
Watersense contest winners
Congratulations to the winners of the EZ Pay for WaterSense 2021 contest: Andrew, Elizabeth and Kim! We hope you enjoy your Shower Better sets which include an assortment of items to provide a luxurious, water-efficient shower experience, including an EPA WaterSense-labeled showerhead and eco-friendly products from Bona Fide. We hope these packages help you save water, energy, and maybe even money on your utility bills! Thank you to everyone who entered the contest and to our utility customers who signed up for EZ Pay and e-billing. We had a great turnout again this year and look forward to welcoming it again next October!
Work on the Birchdale Road Bridge
The Birchdale Road Bridge replacement project was completed slightly ahead of schedule and opened to traffic on November 11. Thank you to the community for their patience during this necessary infrastructure investment that will serve the public for many years to come.
Collection of autumn leaves
Concord’s fall leaf collection started on November 1 with a loose leaf collection. The collection of bagged leaves will begin on November 22.
Bulk leaf collection (November 1 to December 10): The loose leaf collection began on November 1 and continues weather permitting until December 10, focusing on residential areas of the City’s drainage system. Residents can pick up loose leaves all the way to the sidewalk for a one-time pickup. Leaf loaders without caterpillars are used, requiring residents to completely rake all leaves on the street so that the leaves are accessible for collection with this equipment. Avoid stacking sheets and keep sheets tight along the curb or road / sidewalk edge to keep streets clear. Please avoid parking on the street from Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. until the collection is completed on the street so as not to block access to the leaves.
Three teams from the Highways and Utilities division of Concord General Services collect leaves in different areas of the city. This year teams have started collecting in the following areas: Team 1 started at Blossom Hill Cemetery and works south, Team 2 started on Elm Street in Penacook and works south, and Team 3 started on Manchester Street and is working north. Check out the Fall Leaves Collection Team Area Map to see a city-wide map of locations where teams plan to collect for bulk collection, with a focus on the Drainage Drainage System. the city. Residents can also view the Fall Leaves Collection Map to see where teams finished collecting.
Bulk collection is weather dependent and will continue where possible until December 10. Due to weather conditions and unpredictable leaf volumes, it is not possible to predict when teams will reach certain areas. It is important to have sheets ready at the curb so that you do not miss the collection. Crews can only come by locations once and will not be able to return to areas already collected.
The area near Concord High School is the only area with a scheduled collection day. Residents of this area received a loose leaf collection yesterday. This area is collected every year during the Veterans Day in coordination with the closure of the holiday school. This is done with public safety in mind and to minimize public disruption as this allows our teams to collect leaves safely with fewer vehicles in the area.
Residents are encouraged to have sheets ready, but also to prepare for the weather. Snow could potentially suspend collection, so residents should be prepared. Residents are encouraged to participate in the bagged collection program to ensure collection (especially when the weather changes). Be proactive and wrap the sheets ahead of anticipated snowstorms!
Bagged leaf collection (November 22 – December 10): The collection of bagged leaves is back on November 22 for residents with household garbage collection and will continue for three weeks until December 10. The bagged program has been well received by residents who choose to participate in the program. The program offers an alternative method of removing leaves, while providing more predictability with a guaranteed weekly collection. Bagged collection is not weather dependent, unlike loose leaf collection. Leaves should be placed in biodegradable garden waste bags and / or labeled rigid containers such as garbage barrels. Leaves must be dropped off at the curb before 7 a.m. each Monday during bag collection, regardless of your garbage collection day. Collection in bags will not necessarily coincide with waste collection as is the case in the spring due to the variable volumes of leaves at the curb. The leaves will be picked up by the City’s solid waste management contractor, Casella, and will be picked up separately from waste and recycling. Although bagged collection is not weather dependent, pay attention to weather conditions and bags leave early if necessary to avoid snow cover.
Alternative options: An environmentally friendly alternative is to mulch the leaves in your lawn. Residents also have the option of bringing leaves to a local accepting farm or the Gelinas Soil and Excavation Materials Recycling Center. The holiday deposit is free with proof of residence if the load is smaller than a non-commercial van. Brush, branches and branches are not acceptable materials for the city’s leaf collection, but can be dropped off at the Gelinas Excavation and Soil Recycling Center for a small fee. Gelinas Excavation & Earth Materials Recycling Center is located at 10 Intervale Road, off Fort Eddy Road, and is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday hours will be available from 8 a.m. to noon on November 20 and December 4. No hours on Saturdays November 27 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Times are weather permitting and must be confirmed by calling them prior to return.
Questions and concerns about the program: We realize that loose leaf collection faces some challenges, including: collecting leaves too early in an area before all leaves have fallen, having to suspend collection before reaching all residents in due to the onset of winter and the uncertainty of when to collect due to leaf volumes and unpredictable weather conditions. However, we know that bulk collection is convenient and a popular program. The addition of bagged collection in 2018 added an additional service to address the challenges of bulk collection while providing more predictability and opportunities for residents to participate in leaf collection. Find more information and read the FAQ at concordnh.gov/leafcollection.