Sidewalk Improvements

Sidewalk Improvements

Community Services began its annual upgrading of sidewalks June 1, 2021. This part of the City of Dover’s ongoing effort to support all modes of transportation in Dover, including providing safe sidewalks for pedestrians. Each year, the Community Services Department creates a list of sidewalks considered to be a high priority for upgrades. The sidewalks selected for upgrades are designed by the Engineering Division, and then a construction firm is selected through a competitive bid. This year, the City Council awarded the sidewalk bid to John H. Lyman & Sons, Inc., of Gilford for $451,000.

Sidewalks slated for reconstruction in 2021 include: 

  • Central Avenue between Walgreens and Planet Fitness
  • Washington Street between Cushing Street and Arch Street
  • Hough Street between Mt. Vernon Street and Central Avenue
  • Central Avenue between Rutland Street and Dunkin Donuts
  • Rutland Street between Silver Street and Central Avenue

New pedestrian street-crossing infrastructure is also planned, including:

  • A pedestrian refuge island in Central Avenue at the intersection of Fifth Street
  • A new concrete landing pad in front of Subway/Burger King restaurant on Central Avenue at the existing crosswalk.

Residents should anticipate construction activities in the above areas that may result in increased noise, dust and traffic impacts.

The contractors planned work schedule, which is subject to change, is as follows:

June 1 to 18:

  • Rutland Street (east side) from Parker Street to Silver Street
  • Rutland Street (west side) from Fisher Street to Silver Street

June 14 to 21:

  • Central Avenue (east side) from Rutland Street to Dunkin'/Dover Emergency Room
  • Sidewalk landing pad at the traffic signal by Subway and Burger King on Central Avenue

June 15 to 30:

  • Hough Street (south side) from Mt. Vernon to Central Avenue

June 24 to July 9:

  • Central Avenue (east side) from Planet Fitness to Walgreens

July 1 to July 7:

  • Pedestrian refuge island on Central Avenue at the intersection of Fifth Street

July 7 to July 20: 

  • Washington Street (south side) from Cushing Street to Arch Street

Project maps

Planned sidewalk work is marked in red on each map.

2021 Sidewalk Project Map_Rutland Street

2021 Sidewalk Project Map_Lower Central Avenue

2021 Sidewalk Project Map_Hough Street

2021 Sidewalk Project Maps_Upper Central Ave

2021 Sidewalk Project Map_Central Ave at Fifth St.

2021 Sidewalk Project Map_Upper Washington Street