Islington Street Corridor Reconstruction Project


Week of Sep 25, 2023 work includes:

Islington Street

  • Fine grading roadway
  • Binder paving scheduled for Tuesday September 26
  • Sidewalk maintenance and improvements

Goodwin Park

  • Begin pavement removals and improvements

Water Service Interruptions

No water disruptions are anticipated for the week. Affected owners/Residents would be notified 48 hours in advance of any scheduled water main shutdowns.

Traffic Patterns

One-lane alternating traffic will be in place on Islington Street to accommodate contractor operations. Flaggers and project personnel will be on site to facilitate traffic flow.


Work area week of Sep 25

Project Description

The project area for Phase 2A of construction, anticipated to start April 3, 2023, includes the section of Islington Street from Dover Street to just past Cornwall St. and includes upgrades to the Goodwin Park entrances along Islington.

For more details, go to the Public Meeting Presentation provided on March 8, 2023.

Work on the Corridor Project includes replacement of underground utilities (water sewer and storm drain), roadway reconstruction, curbing and sidewalk installations, and landscaping improvements (ornamental lighting, street trees, benches, etc.). The work will continue to proceed in discrete sections in order to limit the impact to residents and businesses; and will be a large step in the revitalization of the West End neighborhood. The goal of this project is to create a "complete street" and will include improvements to the streetscape, traffic signals, utilities, pedestrian facilities, transit and vehicular roadway.

The design incorporates the recommendations of several planning studies such as the 2009 Islington Street Improvement Action Plan, 2014 Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan and the "character-based" zoning public charrette. Utility design includes the design of drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm drainage improvements, as well as utility coordination and design for natural gas, communications and electrical relocations of infrastructure. The design effort also includes improvements to parking and vehicular/pedestrian uses to determine proper lane widths, sidewalk widths, intersection designs and roadbed and pavement types and thicknesses.

Project Status:: The City bid out the Phase 2 construction and accepted a bid from Severino Construction of Candia, NH. However, due to cost increases across all sectors, the project is now divided in two parts: Phase 2A and Phase 2B

Construction Schedule: Construction is expected to begin on Phase 2A on May 22, 2023 with gas company site prep and staging of equipment during the week of May 30, with in-road construction starting June 5. The work will continue through summer and fall 2023. 

Anticipated Completion  Fall 2023

Estimated Cost

Funding Source/Status  Phase 2B costs exceeding the current project budget are included in the FY24 CIP which the City Council will decide when finalizing the FY24 budget.

Designer/Contractor    Underwood Engineers, Inc.

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Staff Contact

Project Overview


The following table lists public meetings and project milestones. The table will be updated as the project progresses. Projects of this magnitude change over time. For the latest project update, see detail above.

Mar 2023 Phase 2A preconstruction public information meeting
March 2021 Phases 1A & 1B Construction Public Information Meeting
May 2019 Start of Phase 1A construction - spanning Bartlett Street to the Route 1 Bypass
April 2019 Preconstruction public information meeting
February 2019 Public Meeting to review next phase of project
2018 Finalized for bid
2017 Finalized preliminary design
March 2017 Roadway borings
October 2016 Presentation Slide Show
November 2015 Initial Public Information Meeting
  Presentation Slide Show


Project Scope


Islington Street Project Scope

Public Meetings