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Water Works construction on upper Main Street is expected to last another month


August 28, 2013
BERLIN Berlin Water Works construction on upper Main Street has caused some traffic delays, and about another month of construction remains, but businesses surrounding the affected areas are still open and accessible.

Mark Evans, owner of North Woods Acupuncture said that due to the construction, the clinic has lost water twice and lost use of the parking lot for four days. Traffic delays also affected the on-time arrival of some of his clients.

"The greatest inconvenience was when Water Works refused access to the clinic and parking lot at the Northland Restaurant and Dairy Bar to a 75 year old woman," said Evans. "She parked on Pine Island Drive and walked half a block across the grass of several properties to make her appointment. This denial of access was not announced ahead of time and was unnecessary as there were no construction vehicles north of the clinic."

"Business has been improving steadily for both myself and my partner business, North Woods Massage, since March. The construction has not slowed this steady growth in any measurable way," he added.

He wants to reassure the public that his business is open and accessible. The construction has since moved south of the clinic. The parking lot is now open and the easiest way to access the clinic is from the north.

"Northland Restaurant and Dairy Bar have likely been affected by the reduction in traffic flow. For several days at a time the road has been closed to non-local traffic, and for short periods of time closed completely," he said.

Mark Evans was born and raised in Berlin. He completed three years of training in Acupuncture in 2001. He has been practicing acupuncture full time since then. He is licensed by the state of New Hampshire. He also offers weekly meditation classes. Open Tuesday - Friday 9 a.m. 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. -11 a.m.

His partner business, North Woods Massage, is run by Jessica Roberge. She was also born and raised in Berlin. She completed her 750 hour massage training at White Mountains Community College in 2009. She also offers yoga classes three days a week. It is open Tuesday - Friday 11 a.m. -7 p.m.

Other businesses that may be affected by the construction are Costello Tire and Berlin Mills Variety, but they will remain open and accessible.

Roland Vien of Berlin Water Works said that this week the installation of the mater main will be complete and construction will run from Norway Street to Twelfth Street. The company has 14 services they are required to do to get the system in and operating. The traffic delays will be off and on, he said. In a couple of weeks, most of the heavy equipment will be off the road and paving will begin in September.

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