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West End Business Association Minutes March 2019 PHASE ONE: Islington Corridor Improvement Plan
The project has been out to bid and is in the process of finalizing a contract with Severino Construction. The City has worked with them well in the past and is looking forward to this new partnership.

You can read the entire project here.

Phase One of the project begins at the 1 Bypass bridge and travels down Islington to Albany Street.

This is a major project replacing all of the sewer, water, and drainage underneath the roadways and to every single building in the corridor. Some of these utilities haven’t been replaced in nearly 100 years and should last the entire summer.

You will see the workers coming to your building or stretch of the corridor several times as each of these utilities is at a different depth and must be repaired in succession (deepest first).

Following the utility work comings curbing, paving, sidewalks, street lights, and proposed improvements.

Because of the complexity of the project, there will be a one-way traffic pattern traveling West on Islington Street and diverting traffic coming from Route 33 down Middle Street during the day. This will allow the project to proceed more quickly and improve vehicular flow. The streets will be two-way overnight and the project requires paving the surfaces every Friday night for the weekends.

According to vehicular studies, most traffic in the West End comes west on Islington from the downtown area to West End businesses. The goal of this configuration is to keep the flow of the majority of traffic to local businesses and residences and to divert the lighter flow around the project.

Please stay tuned for a pre-construction meeting with the City in April.

More questions and concerns? The City will have a representative at each of our monthly meetings until completion of the project.

RESIDENT PARKING WEST END: We submitted an opinion on the proposed parking changes to the City Councillors. We had support from some and push back from others. The overall consensus was that the project will have a very difficult time reaching the tipping point to get to actual testing.
Present:
Nancy Carmer, Economic Development Director: City of Portsmouth
Eric Eby, Parking and Transportation Engineer: City of Portsmouth
Dave Desfosses, Construction Project Manager: City of Portsmouth
Sara Curry, Blaze Yoga & Pilates
Steve Mailhot, Dogland
Connie Freiemuth, Pontine Theatre
Bob Marchewka, Brick and Barn/One Commercial Real Estate
Scott Rome, Brick and Barn Real Estate
Janet Bagley, Visuluxe
Jeanne Russell, Portsmouth Center for Yoga and the Arts/Music Together
Catherine Markovsky, FLOTE
Catherine Stewart, New Hampshire Theater Project
Josiah Babcock, Inhouse Digital
Doug Pinciaro, Mill Pond Development/Play All Day Doggie Daycare
Michael Fratalia, Coastal Atlantic Management
Jonathan Blakeslee, White Heron Tea, Coffee & Records
Monique Shevlin, Signature Title & Escrow
Katherine Plouffe, Gateway Taiji
Douglas Robertson, Connections Peer Support Center
Cathy Dutch, Greengard Center for Autism
John Nash, WSCA/Portsmouth Community Radio
Joann Burchick, LIghthouse Physical Therapy
Jeffrey Hoerth, Sanford Institute for Savings
Sean MacDonald, Rocketfuel Only Screenprinting
Terry Desmarais, City of Portsmouth: City Engineer

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