The Manchester select board voted unanimously at a special meeting Monday, Aug. 27 to close the intersection from 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 to 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept 8. The intersection will be re-opened for a two hour period, until 10 a.m. that morning, to permit the running of the Maple Leaf Half Marathon, whose route runs through the intersection. However, the short term re-opening is only for the purposes of accomodating runners and participants in the road race, and at10 a.m., the intersection will be closed again until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18.
It is possible the intersection could be open sooner if work on the intersection is finished earlier than Sept. 18, officials associated with work on the roundabout said at the special select board meeting.
Construction crews will be working around the clock, 24 hours a day, to cut through the existing roadway to put in place the new road bed for the roundabout, said Kevin Ture, the project manager ffor Schultz Construction, the lead contractor for the project.
By closing the intersection completely for the two week period, work on the intersection will proceed much more rapidly and much time will be saved on completing the project, he said.
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Traffic will be diverted around the intersection by allowing two-way traffic on Cottage Street and Wymans Lane. Center Hill and Union Street in Manchester Village will also be used to divert traffic, and in particular truck traffic, while the work is being done on the intersection.
A more complete story will be posted to The Journal's Web site on Tuesday, Aug. 28.