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Road closure on SNHU campus expected in March for arch installation

HOOKSETT — A temporary road closure will be put in place in the coming months in order to install a new arch on the Southern New Hampshire University Campus.

The arch sign, which spans 70 feet, will be installed over North River Road near the tennis courts bordering the Manchester and Hooksett town line.

During that time, the roadway into the campus will be closed off to traffic.

Traffic will be detoured from North River Road through the SNHU campus along East Side Drive and Victory Lane onto West Alice Avenue and Donati Drive.

Signs will be put up to let drivers know about the detour and the closure.

The detour and closure will be in place for about three days, and will likely be put in place in early March.

The Town Council approved the closure at its Wednesday night meeting.

Work could wrap up early and end the closure sooner than anticipated, according to Jeff Kevan of TF Moran helping SNHU with the project.

“If we can reopen the road, even if it’s keeping a lane open, we will,” he said.

Kevan said they asked for the three days as a precaution.

“They wouldn’t want to cut it short,” he said. “We want to make sure it’s secure and complete.”

The closure will only be in place during normal business hours and the road will be reopened at night once work is completed for the day.

The installation will be less intrusive than the three-month construction project done this past summer that shut down North River Road, which cuts through the middle of the SNHU campus, Kevan said.

That work included installing a traffic signal with crosswalks; left-turn lanes in both directions leading onto East Side Drive and Mountain View Road from North River Road; and lowering the road elevation in front of Ford and Morrissey House to improve traffic sight lines.

Some commuters who cut through the campus to avoid driving on Hooksett Road/Route 3 voiced opposition to those closures over the summer, saying they caused an inconvenience during their daily drives.

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