LACONIA — After going without repairs or improvements for several decades, Chapin Terrace, a residential street which runs along the eastern shore of Lake Opechee in Lakeport, will be entirely reconstructed this year.
Paul Moynihan, Director of Public Works, said yesterday that work is scheduled to begin in the next week or ten days and be completed in September.
Chapin Terrace begins at the junction of School Street and Franklin Street then bends to parallel Franklin Street before coming to an end where an unimproved track connects to Franklin Street at the foot of Bell Street. Chapin Terrace is approximately a half-mile long and lined on either side by 21 homes.
Moynihan said that the Laconia Water Works will begin improvements by installing a new water main, a project expected to be finished in three weeks. The Busby Construction Company, Inc. will then make improvements to the stormwater drainage system and completely rebuild the roadway.
The project is estimated to cost approximately $305,000, with the rebuilding of the road representing about half the total and the water main costing $80,000 and the drainage improvements $70,000. Moynihan noted that the sanitary sewer system, together with a pump station, on Chapin Terrace were built in 1988 and remain in "very good condition."
Rick Woodward has lived on Chapin Terrace his entire life, since his father built what was then the third home on the street in 1949. "This road was dirt until they put the sewer in when they tarred the road." He said he could not recall any improvements in the past 30 years or more. Woodward said that he has spoken to city officials about the condition of the road and was pleased to learn that it will be reconstructed. "They walked around today putting notices on the doors that we'd be on a temporary water supply," he said.
Chapin Terrace is among 26 miles of the 82 miles of paved roadway in the city rated in "fair" to "poor" condition.
Moynihan said that the unpaved track at the north end of Chapin Terrace is a not "an approved city roadway" and will not be improved. He said that there are no residences on the track, but it is used to return to Franklin Street when plowing and sanding Chapin Terrace.
Woodward said that the track is a public right-of-way, recalling that the issue was settled some years ago. "The snow plows use it, dump trucks use it and the trash trucks use it," he said.
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