Portsmouth Ave Project Update 5/15/14

Good Morning All,

All of the water service replacement work on Portsmouth Avenue has been completed, so there are no more water service interruptions planned for the rest of the project. The remaining work includes sewer services, paving and clean-up, which is currently scheduled to be completed in the next 2 to 3 weeks. The one-way detour will be in effect for most of that time. Once this work is completed, the contractor will not be back until the fall for final paving. All equipment, stockpiles, signs, etc. will be removed from the area.

Thank you all for your patience and support throughout the project. Please feel free to call or email with any questions you may have.


portsmouth ave detour

Update from DPW
Good Morning All,

We have been fortunate for the first week of construction to be able to maintain 2-way traffic. Unfortunately, the 1-way detour will begin tomorrow! Same area as last year between High St and Green Hill Rd. You can find more information about the project and a map of the detour at our website:

Please note that the hospital is NOT intended to be a shortcut. This area should be for hospital business only.
As always, please feel free to call or email with any questions!
Thanks for helping to keep our work zone safe!

Jennifer Mates, P.E.

Assistant Town Engineer

Public Works Department

13 Newfields Road

Exeter, NH  03833

(603) 418-6431

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Portsmouth Ave Update

Jennifer Mates <jmates@exeternh.gov>

9:51 AM (1 hour ago)

Good Morning all,

As you have probably noticed, the construction on Portsmouth Ave has stopped for the winter. Thank you all very much for your cooperation and patience throughout this project! It is greatly appreciated!

The contractor will be back March 15, 2014 at the earliest, but the exact date depends on the weather. The one-way traffic between High St and Green Hill Rd will be in effect for a couple weeks when they come back. This is to connect the rest of the sewer services to the new sewer main and to replace the water service connections. After that, construction will move down the street, near Margaritas, and work back toward Green Hill Rd. Two way traffic will be maintained during that work.

When the water services are replaced, there will be sections of Portsmouth Ave that will be without water overnight, similar to the planned outage that occurred on November 2nd to install the valves. Notices will go out to affected residents before that occurs.

More details about the schedule for the spring work will be available in a few months. I will let you all know the dates of detours, water outages (overnight only) and any other information as soon as it is available. Until then, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!



Jennifer Mates, P.E.

Assistant Town Engineer

Public Works Department

13 Newfields Road

Exeter, NH 03833

(603) 418-6431


Portsmouth Avenue Detour

On Wednesday November 6th the detour will be in place and out bound traffic from our Town Center will be directed out High Street to Holland Way and then , well , you can do what you want, go where you want.

I was going to write a long post on this project, but so few people showed up tonight and what will be will be.

Maps, I even had a photo of a ball joint killer storm sewer grate on Green Hill Rd and instructions on how to avoid it.

I lamely  spoke up tonight  to say “well perhaps we can all be a bit more courteous during the detour, drive smart.”

A gentleman in the audience  really scoffed at that suggestion.  I think it was the fellow with the several years running home reconstruction project on Green Hill Rd. If anyone knows about the state of community courtesy, he’s the guy.

We have to replace the sewer line, there’s no getting around that .

You might adopt my plan.

My plan is  to avoid the project area during construction times.

I am going to let the commuters go, people with appointments, school buses. I will not be ducking down to Walgreens for some dental floss during the height of the rush.

Auntie will be receiving her coffee a bit earlier each morning.

7am-5pm are the work hours.

They will open the road after the days work is done each day.

This detour will be in place to at least December 15th


UPDATE 10/31/13

IMG_0245I just had a call from Doug Eastman our Building Inspector regarding this bone shaker which he too has experienced.

Doug is a regular visitor to the ETC.

It is being reworked by DPW today.

Thanks Doug!

Thanks also to Jay Perkins of DPW and the road crew.