Linden St closure

Good Afternoon All,

The Linden Street Bridge project will begin on Monday, July 6th and is expected to continue through October 2015. The project involves removing the existing culverts and replacing them with a concrete bridge. The contractor, George R. Cairns & Sons, will be setting up equipment and materials at the site over the next 2 weeks. They anticipate beginning demolition of the culverts on Monday, July 20th, which means that the bridge will then be closed to all traffic until the end of October. Traffic will be detoured via Pine St, Court St and Gary Lane, as shown on the attached PDF.

We are having an informational meeting about the project on Thursday, July 9th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the Nowak Room at the Town Office, 10 Front Street. The contractor, project engineer and DPW staff will be there to discuss the project and answer any questions you may have.

Please share this information with neighbors, tenants, customers, employees, etc. to help spread the word.

Feel free to contact me or Jay Perkins (773-6163) with any questions you may have.

Thanks and have a great weekend!
Jennifer Mates, P.E.
Assistant Town Engineer
Public Works Department
13 Newfields Road
Exeter, NH 03833
(603) 418-6431

friday morning

Stepped out of the apartment with the dog early this morning and met this fellow coming up the stairs. We are currently camping at the Mill along the river as we sold our home.

In two days.

I am not crowing, just a word to the wise. Formulate  a plan if you catch the bug to sell because all the campgrounds are full.

This is an an area that is chock full of wild things. My own yard was the same way with woodland beasts.   I tried to pick him up but as you saw in the other snapper photo, they have long necks. You lift from the rear and just behind his head, but he was having none of that .


2015-05-29 05.57.34 So I grabbed a hamper and it just fit.

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Back to Clemson Pond for the wandering turtle.

On our walk this am we saw the Exeter FD responding to a brush fire in the PEA woods.

2015-05-29 06.26.57-3Have a nice weekend,


Roof update for IOKA

The IOKA has been inspected and will be shoveled tomorrow. Walgreens and Globe Plaza are done . All flat roofs are done  in Town other than Burnham Cleaners on Lincoln.

The Exeter NH Fire Department on the job, keeping us safe. Well as safe as they can you are responsible for your roof at home and with rain coming it’s time to get it off.



The Exeter Fire Dept was very nice this morning in their full response to my boat floating free from the mooring. I had dropped my own mooring for Winter to a low tide height and was using Bud Fields mooring while waiting for a new trailer hitch to arrive to be able to haul the scow out.

Buds shackle to his mooring chain let go. I should have inspected it to make sure the bolt was moused.

I was most fortunate the tide was inbound.

Word for the day.


n. Nautical

A binding or metal shackle around the point and shank of a hook to prevent it from slipping from an eye.
Thanks again to all that assisted and called my cell to alert me.



Exeter Fire Department training

I was zipping by the Fire Station after the fish ladder stop and stopped to watch some deft ladder handling. This is an important skill for the operator to be  able to get that ladder extended and on target.

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2014-05-17 10.40.11Bingo!

It was here that I noticed the debris on my camera lens. You can clearly see the difference between the top two pics and the final three, so clean that lens!


Norris Brook Culverts

Three fifths required.

956 yes

843 no

Either way you voted, at least you voted, imagine bitching about  it and  you opted not to vote?

There were no “big ” issues.

Nope, just the regular housekeeping that  has to be done in a Community.

Now we will see the impact of that vote, we will feel the impact.

It’s quite significant.

Water  Street will have to be one way at the failing  culvert. Maybe as early as next week. We will have to employ the Swasey Parkway too as a one way road outbound.

Traffic  along this stretch of Water Street  will be detoured to the middle of the road over the  failing span inbound.

A  traffic light  fix will not meet the goal  of reducing traffic over the decrepit culvert. That yellow post is a gas line marker, a large high pressure gas line. There are sewer pipes and water pipes  crossing the culvert too.

If we are all honest we  agree the job is not just the culvert. Water  St outbound beyond the culvert  has been and is a mess. It probably was built on top of the same  lousy fill under the entire Swasey Parkway Area.

Is this the time to think about  raising the elevation of the road relative to high tides, now and in the future?

Newport Beach and other communities on California’s coast are planning to build up wetlands, construct levees and seawalls or move structures inland as climate change raises sea levels.

Just asking the question.

Not a small job.  I have asked several times today “How fast?” I would pay full price for a  fast job.

If you  had the prefab culvert( please use a prefab unit) a crane, the utilities sorted out, good weather, and a cracker jack crew chief. Could you do it in 3 weeks?

Well there are permits to get , it’s tidal.

Tell em it’s an emergency and get the permits, get them .

Have you seen enough ? I  have  more photos,  but  they would be embarrassing to some and stress inducing to motorists.

Next to this marker on the Swasey Parkway is this scene.

The stone work is hiding  all the problems, this one is in big trouble too.

A engineer  has submitted a report which cannot be ignored. Newfields Road has 6000 trips a day.

We need to get this fixed  it will cost 550k, if we need to vote again let’s do it.

Please don’t utter “it wont bother me” “I don’t go that way”

That  is  not community speak.


Traffic patterns will be altered all over the Exeter grid. If you live here you do the mental exercise

DPW  will have to “go around”  due to weight restrictions

Fire emergencies

School  bus  altered routes

No yummy? hot dogs this year.

Police  details.

No Revolutionary festival

No Farmers Market  on the Parkway

No parking on the Parkway

No Band Concerts on the Swasey

No sitting in your car reading, having lunch on the Swasey.

2 Summers of this mess


The mouth of the Swasey at the Boathouse   will have to be altered, median removed,speed bumps removed.

The Budget Committee has been apprised of this  culvert’s condition  for years.

Call the Town and tell them you  support a  special vote to address this emergency.

Next  up on the Crier, 130 new apartments downtown. More toilets. Call Peter Francese, we got  growth!

Stay tuned