Construction to create new traffic patterns in GoffstownBy MELISSA PROULX
Union Leader Correspondent August 29. 2017 11:30PM
GOFFSTOWN — Residents will be navigating some new traffic patterns over the coming weeks because of ongoing road construction and the beginning of school.
A new southbound detour will create a one-way loop between Church Street and Depot Street to help with traffic flow during the Main Street reconstruction project.
Southbound traffic can get to Church Street one of two ways: by either turning onto it from North Mast Road by Westlawn Cemetery or where it intersects with Main Street further down.
Once there, drivers can use Depot Street to continue south by turning right out of it. Or drivers can turn left and head north toward downtown businesses.
Essentially, only the southbound lane of Main Street directly in the downtown — from Church Street to Depot Street — will be closed.
The detour will start this week and signs will be put up to show drivers where to go.
Parking will still be available while the detour is in effect, though street parking will be limited. The detour will begin Wednesday and be in place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. over the next few weeks.
Changes to the traffic pattern could be made, depending on how the flow is during the first few days.
Business owners said they have noticed some changes in their business during the construction.
Alex Lapointe, owner of the Blue Moose Cafe on Main Street, said a few of his regulars haven’t been coming in as frequently in order to avoid navigating through the work. But he said the only real jams come during peak traffic hours, like when everyone is leaving work at the end of the day.
“Throughout the day, it’s not bad,” Lapointe said.
The only other thing Lapointe said he’s noticed is the dust and noise caused by the work, bothering people sitting at his outdoor patio.
“I’ve definitely had people come in and say they couldn’t stand the dust or it’s too loud,” he said.
Lapointe said he’s looking forward to the end result, though, and how the new downtown area will look. He said many businesses are also doing some work to coincide with repaving, which should give the area a fresh feel.
“The appearance is definitely what I’m looking forward to,” he said.
There will also be some traffic pattern changes at Goffstown High School, after a new drainage system was installed.
All students will now enter the parking lot at the back of the school, slightly farther up on Wallace road. Parents will still be able to drop students off at the front of the school.
The hope is that this will ease some of the congestion on Wallace Road, particularly at the roundabout on South Mast Street.
“...By taking all 300 student drivers out of the queue in front of the building… we truly hope that there will be less cars, less congestions and less traffic at the traffic circle,” said SAU 19 Superintendent Brian Balke.
School starts today.