Current Projects

Current Projects

Belknap Street and Elm Street Neighborhood Reconstruction Project

The City is nearing competition of road reconstruction of Belknap Street and Elm Street neighborhood. This project consists of reconstructing the roadway, sidewalks, and storm water drainage system and water utilities on the following streets: Belknap Street from Silver Street to Fisher Street, Elm Street, Summer Street and Hamilton Street. 

Broadway Railroad Culvert

The purpose of this project is to install an 84-inch drainage pipe under the railroad located near Red’s Shoe Barn to rectify long-standing flooding issues. The new drain pipe replaces an old undersized partially blocked granite box culvert installed in the 1800s when the railroad was built. As part of the project, new drain piping is also being installed on Broadway along the frontage of Red’s Shoe Barn and will connect to the new 84-inch drainage pipe. The new drainage lines will be tied into an existing granite box culvert located in the ravine at the end of Forest Street. Future projects will include installing new drain pipes as part of road reconstruction projects to fix other nearby neighborhoods’ drainage issues. Substantial completion expected Summer 2021. Click here for project page. 

City Hall Structural/Safety Improvements

This project is to repair the Municipal Building that was built in 1935. Repairs include replacement of electrical service to the building, installation of a sprinkler system on first and second floors, painting the clock tower and painting trim on building's exterior. 

Cochecho Street Pump Station Replacement

The City is reconstructing the Cocheco Street sewer pump station.  This station currently pumps approximately forty to sixty thousand gallons a day. Final work during the 2021 seasons includes repaving and overlay of a section of Cochecho Street. 

Court Street and Union Street Reconstruction Project

This project would complete a full road reconstruction on Union Street and Court Street from Central Avenue to Middle/Back Road. Currently, the City is seeking consulting design services for the project through a request for qualifications (RFQ), which are due April 13, 2021. Construction work would not begin in 2021. Design is anticipated to begin this spring with construction beginning in 2022

Drought Monitoring

The City of Dover continues to have drought conditions in 2021. The City has been in various stages of drought since first classified by the U.S. Drought Monitor on June 23, 2020. Community Services continues to monitor ground water levels, which are below normal, and request water users to limit their water usage as much as possible. Currently, there are no mandatory water restrictions. 

Inflow and Infiltration

This project is to reduce the amount of inflow and infiltration from stormwater during heavy rain events, which can overwhelm the Wastewater Treatment Plant and disrupt the treatment process. An engineering firm has reviewed approximately 125 miles of gravity sewer main.  Flow meters were installed in major pipelines to help narrow the locations. The downtown area has registered the largest amount of inflow and infiltration. The City Council will be asked to approve $742,000 contract with Northeast Earth Mechanics to install new sewer line beneath Turnpike just south of Exit 7, with work to occur summer of 2021. After installation, Community Services plans to complete about $1 million in various pipe repairs, grouting and patching in summer of 2021 at various locations in downtown.

Portland Avenue Retaining Wall

The City is planning replacement of the retaining wall along Portland Avenue near Cochecho Street. The City is currently soliciting request for proposals (RFP) from qualified firms for designing a new wall, with possible construction to start later in 2021. 

Pudding Hill Water Treatment Plant Construction

The City is working with Underwood Engineers to design water system improvements off Mast Road. Underwood Engineers are currently designing a water treatment plant to treat the water from the City's two wells behind the public works facility. Project is expected to go out to bid in May 2021 for possible construction later this calendar year. 

River Street Pump Station Upgrades

Community Services is planning upgrades to the sewage pump station at River Street that will include odor control. 

Shaw's Lane Parking Lot Lighting

Community Services will install LED lights in the parking lot. Project is anticipated to occur in July 2021. 

Sidewalk Improvements

Each year, Community Services Department establishes a list of sidewalks considered to be a high priority for upgrades. The sidewalks selected for upgrades are designed by the Engineering Division and a construction firm is selected via competitive bid. 

Spur Road Reconstruction

The reconstruction of Spur Road is nearly complete. The contractor is expected to return this spring 2021 to complete final landscaping touches and apply road paint. Water main improvement/replacement and major roadwork on Spur Road from Finch Lane to Deborah Lane was completed in 2020. Click here for project page. 

Stormwater Asset Management 

The City is working with New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) through the State Revolving Fund Program to build upon the existing stormwater asset management program.  This project will allow the city to apply condition assessment and prioritization concepts to the city’s subsurface stormwater system located in the most urbanized part of the city. The information gathered will be utilized to identify and fund necessary capital improvement projects.

Street Paving Program

This is an annual program to repave roads as part of Community Services' road surface management program. The City is soliciting request for proposals (RFP) from potential contractors for the 2021 paving season. Responses are due March 24. Paving usually begins in May or June. Click here for streets planned for repaving. Click here for the paving condition index (PCI) for all City streets. 

Traffic Signal Improvements

This project will allow the City of Dover to improve signal timing and traffic flow along Route 108 in the area of Week’s Crossing and through five subsystems of the Central Avenue corridor to Exit 7. The cameras allow for in time adjustments to lights and coordination adjustments during peak times. Furthermore, they allow for real time traffic count information, and automatic incident detection, improving public safety response times.  This project ties in with a concurrent project that Somersworth is proposing, which will improve regional efficiency. 

To review the Engineering Study, click here

Upper Central Ave Water Main Replacement

Community Services is planning to replace an ageing water main along upper Central Avenue from Abby Sawyer (entrance to Garrison Hill Tower) to Glenwood Avenue. This project is expected to go out to bid in April with construction to start in the fall of 2021. 

Varney Brook Pump Station

The project upgrades the reliability and energy efficiency of the Varney Brook Pump Station located off Gerrish Road that was built in 1979.The Varney Brook Pump Station is the City’s third largest pump station with a daily flow of 500,000 gallons per day. This project is funded in part by the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund. 

Washington Street and Main Street Water Improvements Project 

Beginning the week of March 22, 2021, the City will begin replacement of approximately 3,000 feet of 133-year-old water mains on Main Street, Washington Street and a portion of Henry Law Avenue in the Downtown area. The project is necessary to provide reliable water service to the homes and businesses in the project area. The project is expected to run throughout the summer and be completed by October 2021. Click here for project page.

Water Meter Replacement

Community Services is working to upgrade all water meters. Many have been replaced, but many still need replacement. It is a priority of Community Services in 2021.