The City of Dover will be reconstructing Spruce Lane from Mast Road to Back River Road in the spring of 2017. Prior to the reconstruction work, there are a few items that will be addressed with the roadway and the drainage infrastructure. This work involves the installation and replacement of a portion of the drainage system, as well as making the width of the roadway more consistent. There are portions of the roadway that will be widened to accomplish a uniform 28 foot wide road. The reconstruction of the road will not include installation of sidewalk or curbing at this time.
You may view a copy of the plans at the Community Services office, located at 271 Mast Road, or by clicking on the following link: Spruce Lane Plans
Wastewater from approximately 14 residential connections on Leighton Way and Heaphy Lane is directed to an existing air-lift ejector station and discharged through a 4-inch force main to a nearby gravity sewer main on Leighton Road. This station is approaching 30-years old and is at or near the end of its design life. The City has been experiencing reoccurring operational problems, has trouble getting parts to keep this system running, and would like to eliminate the "confined space" issues associated with entering this station for service. The project will replace this outdated ejector system with a modern wastewater pumping station. The project will also include a construction of a small building to house the equipment as well as landscaping improvements around the station. Construction is scheduled for the Fall of 2016 through Spring 2017.
The Richardson Drive development was built in the 1960’s and is in need of infrastructure improvements. The neighborhood, as well as many homes located on Old Stage Road, presently, do not a sanitary sewer service and currently rely on individual septic systems. The proposed project includes the construction of a new municipal sewer line to service 47 residential homes. The Richardson Drive street pavement is extremely wide, in some areas in excess of 35-feet, and currently sheet flows to a closed drainage system located in Old Stage Road. The proposed project will include the redesign of the roadway to provide a narrower paved area, and include low impact development practices that will disconnect impervious areas and provide treatment and infiltration of storm water runoff.
The need for these improvements in this area is particularly important as it is within the wellhead protection area of both the Hughes and Bouchard Wells, which are both part of the municipal potable water supply. Construction is scheduled for the 2017 construction season.
The Keating Avenue and Birchwood Place neighborhood has some of the oldest homes and infrastructure in the City of Dover. The sewer lines in the area have been identified as needing repair to address ongoing inflow/infiltration concerns. This area also has poor drainage, which often causes backing up and ponding in low parts of the road. The proposed improvements will incorporate low impact development strategies to improve the storm water quality. The proposed project will include the redesign of the roadway to include low impact development practices that will disconnect impervious areas and provide treatment and infiltration of storm water runoff. The project will also include the reconstruction of the existing municipal sewer line. Water lines and services will also be replaced. Construction is scheduled for the 2017 construction season.
Beginning in late March or early April, repairs to the Central Avenue Bridge in downtown Dover will temporarily alter the traffic pattern and prohibit on-street parking for the entire span of the bridge. These restrictions will remain in place for the duration of the work, expected to be 10 weeks. The bridge sidewalks will remain open and accessible, with the exception of brief closures necessary to complete the work.
The Central Avenue Bridge work includes the removal of pavement, patching the bridge’s concrete deck, repairing expansion joints, and repaving the bridge. Crews will work on one side of the bridge at a time and alternate the two travel lanes accordingly.
During the work, more than 30 parking spaces on the bridge will be inaccessible, spanning the crosswalks at both ends of the bridge.
A final start date will be announced a week in advance of the work, once temperatures are consistently above freezing.
For the duration of the work, business owners are asked to direct employees to seek parking that does not diminish available parking for their customers. The City of Dover’s parking garage is an easily accessible option for downtown customers and employees.
The Central Avenue Bridge work was originally slated to begin last fall but postponed until after the holiday shopping season.
This project is part of ongoing bridge work throughout the City of Dover. The contractor, Evroks Corporation of Winnisquam, New Hampshire, most recently completed work on the Chestnut Street Bridge.