Neighborhood Street Paving Program
The City of Concord continues to invest in the maintenance and paving of City streets. Preserving road conditions provides a high quality of life for the community. There are several stages to the life cycle of a road that determines the best practice to maintain it. Learn more about the life cycle of a road by viewing the paving cycle process at the bottom of this page.
After having completed necessary work on major arterial roads, the Neighborhood Street Paving Program was initiated in Fiscal Year 2016 to refocus paving efforts on local neighborhood streets.
Streets are scheduled for paving based on priority defined by objective measures such as pavement conditions, frequency of use, and available funding. The recommended capital improvement project for streets (CIP #78) is made possible based on continued funding.
Find paving updates on Concord General Services’ social media and in the City Manager’s Newsletter. View the latest newsletter on the City’s homepage at www.concordnh.gov.
FY 2023 Paving
The fiscal year 2023 (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023) budget approved by the Mayor and City Council invests $2.7 million in street paving and our Neighborhood Street Paving Program. Work on these streets started in the spring of 2023 and will be completed by the fall:
|Street Name||Section Description||Work Description|
|Barnett Dr.||Full Length||Reclaim|
|Bog Rd.||Full Length||Maintenance Overlay|
|Bonney St.||Full Length||Reclaim|
|Brodeur St.||Full Length||Reclaim|
|Bye St.||Full Length||Reclaim|
|Canal St.||Village St. to Community Dr.||Reclaim|
|Chandler St.||Elm St. to Boscawen||Reclaim|
|Charles St.||Full Length||Reclaim|
|Coral St.||Full Length||Reclaim|
|Dolphin St.||Full Length||Reclaim|
|Electric Ave.||Full Length||Reclaim|
|Elliott St.||Full Length||Reclaim|
|Fifield St.||Full Length||Reclaim|
|Hardy Ave.||Full Length||Reclaim|
|MacCoy St.||Full Length||Reclaim|
|Meter St.||Full Length||Reclaim|
|Merrimack St. (Penacook)||Full Length||Reclaim|
|Shaw St.||Full Length||Reclaim|
|Stark St.||Full Length||Reclaim|
|Steeple View||Full Length||Reclaim|
|Summer St.||Full Length||Reclaim|
|Sweatt St.||Elm St. to Boscawen||Reclaim|
|Tanner St.||Full Length||Reclaim|
|Walnut St.||Bye St. to MacCoy St.||Reclaim|
|Webster Pl.||Elm St. to Boscawen||Reclaim|
|Winter St.||Full Length||Reclaim|
*This schedule is tentative and is subject to change.
FY 2024 Paving
The fiscal year 2024 (July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024) budget approved by the Mayor and City Council invests $3.1 million in street paving and our Neighborhood Street Paving Program. Streets included in the approved budget are listed below. Stickney Hill Road, Millstone Drive, and Spillway Lane are anticipated for completion in the fall of 2023. The rest of the streets are anticipated for completion in the spring/summer of 2024.
|Street Name||Section Description||Work Description|
|Abbott Rd.||Manor Rd. to Sewalls Falls Rd.||Maintenance Overlay|
|Airport Rd.||Loudon Rd. to #184 Airport Rd.||Reclaim|
|Chenell Dr.||Pembroke Rd. to Regional Dr.||Reclaim|
|Lawrence St.||Full Length||Reclaim|
|Pembroke Rd.||Full Length||Reclaim|
|Stickney Hill Rd.||Full Length||Reclaim|
|Millstone Dr.||Full Length||Reclaim|
|River Rd.||Full Length||Maintenance Overlay|
|Spillway Ln.||Full Length||Reclaim|
Granite Curb Cost-Sharing Program
Residents will be invited to participate in a voluntary granite curb cost-sharing program when streets are scheduled for pavement reclamation. Residents are not obligated to participate. Residents and the City will share the cost of the program. The curb cost-sharing program is only available for streets scheduled for reclamation. Each property will be inspected on a case-by-case basis for approval of granite curbing. The City reserves the right to not install granite curbing based upon certain situations, including drainage concerns. If a resident is interested in participating in the program and their area is approved for curbing, their cost must be paid in full prior to installation. Curbing is installed along the entire property line that abuts the street. More information will be provided directly to residents when notified of pavement reclamation.
Paving Cycle Process
Different methods of maintenance and repair are taken throughout a road’s life cycle to make needed repairs. Pavement life is impacted by many factors: traffic volume, vehicle loads (weight), environmental conditions, maintenance, etc. The more a road is maintained, the longer its life cycle will be. The best practice is to carry out the paving process through its life cycle (with the funding available) to get the full value out of the initial investment. A typical life cycle of a road or street is as follows:
1. Pavement Reclamation
Pavement reclamation is the process of rebuilding a road by recycling the existing asphalt. The road is broken up and mixed with the existing base material. The product is compacted to create a stronger base and three inches of new pavement is placed on the new base. The reclamation process includes the lowering of all catch basins and manholes, grinding the road surface to a 1’ depth, grading the road, and putting down a base layer of pavement. Then the existing granite curb will be reset and any new requested curb will be installed. Existing sidewalks will then be repaired or replaced, manholes and catch basins will be reset, and then the final pavement overlay is applied.
2. Crack Filling
As the road starts to depreciate, the road may begin to crack. A more cost-effective way to maintain the lifespan of the road is to fill the cracks with hot asphalt to prevent water from filtering through the road and creating further damage.
3. Shim Overlay
An overlay includes an inch of asphalt laid over the existing paved surface. This additional layer strengthens the initial three inches of pavement to extend the life of the road. The shim/overlay process involves putting down a shim course of pavement to get the road back to an even surface, raising manhole and catch basin covers, and then putting down a 1” final overlay of pavement, followed by a 2’ wide gravel shoulder where there isn’t any curbing in place.
4. Cold Plane & Overlay
Cold plane and overlay can be placed as part of a process to remove paved areas if necessary. The cold planing and overlay process includes asphalt milling to remove parts of the pavement, shimming with a layer of pavement to fill any ruts that may have developed, raising manhole and catch basin covers, and then placing a 1” final overlay of pavement to maintain the strength of the road. A 2’ wide gravel shoulder is placed where curbing is not already in place.