Road work resumes on two bridges

By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — Work resumes this week on a $7.2 million project to rehabilitate a pair of bridges, state transportation officials said Monday.

The New Hampshire 106 bridge over the Laconia Bypass and the Laconia Bypass bridge over New Hampshire 107 will remain open while work is being done, said Chuck Flanders Jr., a state Transportation Department contract administrator.

Traffic lanes will be shifted to accommodate the work, while allowing two-way traffic to continue.

Traffic backups are not expected, Flanders said.

"One specific traffic control situation that motorist should be aware of will occur during the rehabilitation of the Laconia Bypass bridge over NH 107," he said.

"Currently, traffic using the on-ramp from NH 106 northbound to the Laconia Bypass eastbound enters the Laconia Bypass under a yield condition. Due to the required shifting of lanes on the Laconia Bypass, the on-ramp traffic will now encounter a stop sign at the end of the ramp. This will provide ramp traffic the opportunity to more safely enter the Laconia Bypass within the shifted lane configuration."

The work will focus on repairs to the decks of the bridges, or the surface the motorists use.

Some railings and fencing will also be replaced. Steel beams will be painted. Five miles of road paving work is also part of the project, which began last July and is to be completed by Oct. 27.