GILFORD – A culvert collapse on Cumberland Road could cost the town as much as $75,000 to $100,000 to repair said Public Works Director Sheldon Morgan yesterday.
Morgan said the culvert, which is part of the drainage system for that part of Gunstock Acres that is closest to the Alton line, is the deepest in the town and transverses the lower part of the road about 100 yards in from Route 11.
He said the collapse created water build up on the southeast side of the road that "was dangerously close to spilling over and washing out the entire road."
"We're afraid to let it get any higher," he said.
Morgan described the water back-up as at the depth of a small lake - at it's inlet point it was 25-feet deep after the culvert collapse and at the outlet side it was 50 feet-deep.
He said culvert run through a ravine ran that was filled in the 1960s during some construction at Gunstock.
He said his department is using its pump plus two pumps borrowed from the city of Laconia to lower the pond level so they can accurately assess the problem. He was optimistic the pond would be low enough by the end of yesterday however he spoke to the Daily Sun before it rained all afternoon.
He said crews will likely fill in the existing culvert and build a slightly bigger one that will run over the old one.
"We're not going to take the old one out. It's too deep," he said.
He said construction should begin within a week and he is hopeful Cumberland Road is closed for no more than a week.
"Unfortunately, traffic will have to be diverted," he said.
He said the department has done about half of the road projects scheduled for this summer's construction season and said some of those left on this year's schedule may have to be postponed.
"We'll reevaluate everything and include our information in the next 10-year road improvement plan," he said.
This year, Wolcott paving and Busby Construction are the two companies the town chose for its subcontracting. Morgan said the scope of the project is beyond the equipment capabilities of Gilford's Public Works Department.
CAPTION: Rain continues to fall in the deep lake created by a collapsed culvert on Cumberland Road. Town crews are using three separate pumps and a series of hoses to channel the water under Cumberland Road through the ravine to prevent a road collapse.
Last Updated on Saturday, 27 July 2013 02:41
BELMONT/TILTON — The New Hampshire Marine Patrol yesterday issued a "No Wake" order on Silver Lake, where the water level topped 467 above sea level. This order will remain in effect until the lake level drops below 467 feet. The gauge at the Department of Environmental Services, Silver Lake station will be used to make this determination.
Marine Patrol urges all boaters to be aware of their wakes and use caution when operating in channels or close to shore.
Last Updated on Saturday, 27 July 2013 01:45
LACONIA — Three beaches in the city — Weirs Beach, Bartlett Beach and Opechee Cove — along with beaches at Ellacoya State Park in Gilford were closed to wading and swimming on Wednesday following tests the day before that revealed excessive levels of fecal bacteria.
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services collected samples yesterday and the results of these most recent tests will be announced on Saturday.
Last Updated on Saturday, 27 July 2013 01:42
CORRECTION: On Tuesday, July 23 a story in The Daily Sun mistakenly reported that the City Council approved an expenditure of $382,500 from the downtown Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District Fund for improvements to the "Gateway Plaza" at the Main Street bridge over the Winnipesaukee River. In fact, the council approved an expenditure of not more than $300,000 for the project, which includes $15,000 for demolition and site preparation and $67,500 for the installation of electricity, water and drainage to support lighting and landscaping.
Last Updated on Saturday, 27 July 2013 01:39
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