Nashua asks DOT to build $3.6M roundabout on East Hollis Street
The aldermanic Committee on Infrastructure gave its approval for the city to enter into an agreement with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation to construct a multi-lane roundabout at the intersection where East Hollis Street and Canal Street meet Bridge Street.
"This is a project that is 10 years in the making," said Tom Galligani, economic development director for the city. The proposed roundabout was identified a decade ago as the centerpiece to the East Hollis Street master plan, he said.
"This intersection is anything but traditional," said Galligani, maintaining a roundabout would reduce fuel use, decrease pollution, lower operational costs, reduce noise in the neighborhood and keep vehicles moving.
"This intersection is so bad," said Alderman-at-Large James Donchess, noting a roundabout certainly couldn't make the traffic worse.
"I don't know if a roundabout will do anything to solve it," said Cookson, adding some constituents will likely have a problem with the roundabout concept.
Although the committee ultimately voted to recommend final passage of the proposed resolution, concerns were raised about traffic on the other side of the river in Hudson.
Funding for the nearly $3.7 million roundabout will be paid with federal and state funds, with no cost to the city, Galligani said.
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