“Downtown Detour Notice”

From the city of Lowell’s website (see diagram at link):


The Contractor will need to implement Stage 1 and Stage 2 Detours at Central/Market/Prescott Intersection beginning on Wednesday July 7th at 7:00AM through Thursday July 8th at 9:00AM. This detour is necessary to finish paving the roadway surface through the entire intersection. All paving is expected to be completed by Thursday July 8th at 9:00AM. Please make note of the detour and inform customers, deliveries, visitors. Police details will be posted to help direct traffic during this period.

I bet many downtown travelers hope the “all paving will be finished by 9 am on Thursday” part of this notice is accurate. I’ve had to drive downtown several times, but warned of the traffic tie-ups caused by this project, I took circuitous routes through the Acre and upper Merrimack Street. So far, I’ve been minimally inconvenienced. Others have not been so lucky. “Avoid driving downtown at all costs” was a phone call made and received yesterday and today by many folks I know. Let’s hope they stay on schedule.

UPDATE: Here’s a link to the Lowell Police Department blog with more info about construction related closures of Fr Morissette Blvd and Stevens Street.

3 Responses to “Downtown Detour Notice”

  1. Marie says:

    I hope all the downrown street, sewer and sidewalk work is finished by July 21st so that it’s all clear for the Lowell Folk Festival set-up. It’s good though that all this necessary work is being done… ARRA funds at work?

  2. Righty Bulger says:

    Probably not Marie. Most of those funds were tied up keeping greedy teachers from receiving pink slips.

  3. DickH says:

    Well, the city’s website was incorrect regarding the time that the Market-Central Street job would be finished. Tonight at 5 pm Market Street was still closed and the surrounding roads were all clogged. Hopefully the work will be finished tonight and the road reopened by the morning.