Town Talk: Road Work Derailed By Equipment Breakdown

MANCHESTER — A mechanical failure on the part of a contractor has postponed roadwork originally scheduled for the weekend.

The removal pavement markings on Bridge, School, and Beach streets in Manchester has been pushed back to an undetermined date.

According to Public Works Director Carol Murray, the company charged with the project, Hiway Safety Systems Inc., suffered a mechanical failure that prevented workers from moving ahead with the project.

“They had an equipment breakdown, and, unfortunately, it required sending away for parts,” she said.

The removal of markings on Bridge, School and Beach streets is expected to lead to traffic delays, as the town will be required to restrict vehicles to one lane in affected areas.

Old markings will be removed with water jets, and it may take several days for the roads to dry sufficiently for new markings to be applied. The town plans to implement temporary markings in the meantime to maintain traffic safety.

“This storm didn’t affect the timeline, but if we have any more this week, it could set us back,” said Murray.

Murray expressed hope on Monday that the necessary mechanical parts would arrive that day, which would allow Hiway Safety Systems to move ahead with the removal of markings on Wednesday.

Once the project is rescheduled for certain, the Department of Public Works will issue a notice on the town website,

Quick Hits:

Parents and family members interested in shaping the future of Memorial Elementary School might consider adding their voice to the conversation at the Manchester Essex Regional School District’s Memorial Building Committee’s second community forum. Two identical sessions are slated for Nov. 1 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the Memorial School auditorium, where project manager Dore & Whittier, designer JCJ, and school administrators will lead continued discussions about the need to renovate or rebuild the school and field questions about the process. Tours of the building will be available at both sessions. Additional information is available at


Essex residents should note that the last day to register to vote in the town’s Special Town Meeting is Friday, Nov. 3. Residents may check their voter registration status at and register to vote online at The Special Town Meeting warrant will be posted no later than Oct. 30, and the meeting will take place on Monday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Essex Elementary School, 12 Story St.


Antique enthusiasts are invited to show their stuff at the Manchester Historical Museum’s Antiques Appraisal Night on Saturday, Nov. 4. The evening will start at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and refreshments, as well as a chance to view the items on hand before the program’s start at 7 p.m. Walt Kolenda of Cape Ann Auction will reveal the process behind authenticating antiques as he offers appraisals of the items. People interested in bringing an item for an “on the spot” appraisal are required to register in advance for a fee of $20, and tickets for those simply attending the program and reception cost $10 per person. The museum plans to limit the number of antiques at the event to 40 items and, as a result, will accept only one piece per household. Weapons and stamps will not be accepted. Anyone bringing an antique is asked to arrive at 6 p.m. to allow for time to arrange the items for display.  For more information or to register an item, contact museum staff at 978-526-7230 or


With many preschool options to choose from, it can be challenging for young parents to sift through their options. Early Childhood Partners hopes to make the decision a little bit easier through a preschool fair on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Manchester Essex Regional High School, 36 Lincoln St., Manchester. Experts will be on hand to answer questions about private and public schools, provide resources on how to find the right fit, and offer advice for transitioning kids from home to school. For the little ones tagging along, activities will be available at each table at the fair. Those interested can learn more about the event from Lisa Cheney, call 978-468-5489 or email

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