Nashua officials hoping grant could help allay pedestrian safety concerns
“There are some people who have concerns about safety in the area, so we started talking with parents about a year-and-a-half ago,” Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said on Monday. “People are driving at high rates of speed, the crosswalks are not in ideal locations, there are unfinished sidewalks and an unusual entrance.”
“This is just the first step of probably a long process,” said Lozeau.
Aldermen will be presented with a proposed resolution tonight, asking that the city authorize and accept the $100,000 grant from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation as part of its final round of funding for the Safe Routes to School initiative.
Alderman-at-Large Diane Sheehan agreed, saying more needs to be done to help improve the safety of children who attend Charlotte Avenue Elementary School.
“Traffic calming measures need to take place in order to remind people that this is a school zone. We need some massive safety improvements there,” said Sheehan.
“People are whipping through there, and it is dangerous. In certain areas there is zero visibility because of the corner alignment and the way people are parking,” she said. “People just aren’t cooperating.”
“With the awarding of the state’s balance, NHDOT begins the transition away from SRTS as a stand-alone program,” says the New Hampshire Department of Transportation website, adding other federal funding from a new Transportation Alternative Program may still be available.Grants will be awarded to numerous communities in the sixth and final round of the state’s SRTS project.
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