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Mar 20, 2017 1:36 PM

Eversource raises price of project after NH town requests quicker completion

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LACONIA — Eversource has raised their asking price for the burial of power lines in the Lakeside Avenue project due to the city wanting it completed sooner.

The Union Leader reported that the city of Laconia has requested that Eversource completes the burial by the end of this month, rather than by May as originally planned. Eversource has said that they've needed to get additional estimates from outside sources in order to meet the new deadline.

The City Council is scheduled to hear the explanation for the increased cost directly from Eversource officials at a meeting on Thursday night.

The $2.6 million Lakeside Avenue project, which is aimed at enhancing the Weirs Beach roads and sidewalks, includes an “aesthetics” program of enhancements aimed at improving the views for visitors. Part of that program buries power lines through the area, which would eliminate unsightly utility poles.

The project began last year and is nearing completion. The city plans to have it completed by May or early June, city officials said, in time for summer visitors and Motorcycle Week.

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