DOT to discuss Route 101 improvement project in Bedford
The state Department of Transportation will host a public informational meeting on Tuesday, May 13, to discuss improvements to Route 101, from Route 114 to Wallace Road in Bedford.
“This is their chance to influence the decision being made regarding the design of the roadway and to let the state know of issues that the plan may create,” Sawyer said. “Also, it is the community’s chance to reinforce our support for the project that will hopefully bring relief to the congestion that unfortunately has become routine.”
“The state has been great in developing a plan that reflects many of the concepts of the Route 101 Corridor Master Plan adopted by the community a decade ago,” said Sawyer. “We are also working in partnership with the state to meet with a few of the business owners that may have their access impacted to determine if there are ways to mitigate those impacts early on in the process. Finally, we have been assisting the state by providing site plans, septic plans, subdivisions and easements for the various properties along the highway.”
Once approved by the Senate, the bill will go before Gov. Maggie Hassan and the Executive Council for final approval.
On March 25, an amended version of the 10-year improvement plan was approved by the House. The amendment also provides $8,090,000 in federal funds for mitigation and obtaining right-of-way properties.
The plan also includes work on red-listed bridges and highway repairs, including $2.3 million to replace the bridge/culvert over Pulpit Brook, and Twin Brook Lane safety improvement in 2019; $1.8 million for bridge/culvert replacement at Route 114 in 2018; $300,000 for the bridge rehabilitation over Riddle Brook at Wallace Road in 2017; $480,000 for bridge replacement over McQuade Brook at Cider Mill Road; $725,000 for bridge replacement over McQuade Brook at Catesby Lane in 2020; and $1 million for bridge replacement over Baboosic Brook at Beals Road.
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