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July 3, 2014

The Lamp Post

It’s getting to be a nuisance.

Have you noticed those late-night waits on Interstate 495 during the big paving job are getting longer?

On a stretch of the highway in Haverhill last week, some drivers had to wait nearly a half hour as traffic was squeezed from three lanes down to one.

Nighttime travelers will be happy when the paving job, which has taken months, is finished.

Goodbye Archie — again

Many people across the community were saddened to hear the popular Archie’s Little River Ale House is closing.

The nightspot has been very popular among people of all ages — families, couples and singles. Its mix of full meals and appetizers, a separate bar and a stage where live bands perform gave customers plenty to choose from.

This is the second heartbreak for owner Tom “Archie’’ Archambault, who said he is closing the business because of a disagreement with the owner of the property in Lafayette Square. A similar thing happened a few years earlier, when Archambault had to move out of his popular downtown Washington Street location due to a problem with the building.

Archambault said he is looking for jobs for his employees.

Nighttime driving challenges

When driving around the city at night these days, you’d better keep your eyes peeled more than usual.

The Lamplighter is noticing more and more of those orange construction barrels in the middle of the road where work has been done. Whether it’s potholes, manhole repairs or other work, the barrels mark spots where projects are underway.

The problem is that while the barrels are orange, they are sometimes in poorly lit areas — and they do not have battery-operated flashers on top of them as they did a few years ago.

The result: The barrels can sneak up on nighttime drivers, causing them to act quickly to avoid them.

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