Getting to & from parking garage will be trickies part of downtown detour plan that starts on Monday

LACONIA — R. M. Piper, Inc. the general contractor, has confirmed that work on the first phase of the reconstruction of the Main Street Bridge will begin on the morning of Monday, March 31 when downtown traffic will be rerouted.

Beacon Street East will be closed to traffic at the bridge. However, motorists seeking to reach the parking garage can proceed north on Main Street, turn right on to Hanover Street then right again on to Beacon Street East to the entrance to the parking garage. Between Hanover Street and the parking garage, Beacon Street East will be open to two-way traffic entering and leaving the garage.

There will be no other changes to the downtown traffic pattern during the first and second phases of the project, which will be underway from March until August.

Information about the progress of the project, along with maps of the downtown traffic pattern, is posted regularly on the city's website at